Remember the Dreamers: Groups Launch New Website to Support Dreamers, DACA Recipients
May 11, 2020

Issue takes on new urgency during COVID-19 pandemic, with many Dreamers working in essential jobs

ACE and a coalition of partners have launched a new website to support Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients as they await the Supreme Court’s decision on whether President Trump illegally ended DACA in 2017. aims to be a resource for students, families, and higher education institutions as Dreamers continue to deal with the legal limbo they are in now and prepare to negotiate the uncertain landscape after the Supreme Court announces its ruling, which is expected any time from now until the middle of June.

President Obama established DACA by executive action in 2012, allowing undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age to become eligible for a work permit, a Social Security card, a driver’s license, and deferred deportation. The Trump administration rescinded the policy in September 2017, but delayed ending it until March 2018. In granting a six-month delay, President Trump asked Congress to pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for those currently protected under DACA.

Congress has not yet acted, but DACA thus far has been kept alive by court decisions, leaving Dreamers in a political and legal limbo. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Nov. 12 in a case involving a trio of related disputes on the administration’s action.

Recent stories about Dreamers working on the front lines and as essential workers during the pandemic are just one reason why there already is such widespread support for Dreamers on Capitol Hill and among the public at large. Research shows that 202,500 DACA recipients are working in roles essential to critical infrastructure, 43,000 in healthcare and social assistance. Thirteen percent of DACA college students are majoring in healthcare-related fields.

The Supreme Court last month agreed to consider a new filing from a legal services organization at Yale Law School and the National Immigration Law Center arguing the Trump administration's decision to terminate DACA should be blocked in light of COVID-19.

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The Remember the Dreamers campaign is working to focus Congress on ​​finding a legislative solution for Dreamers and DACA recipients. Working together, the higher education community plays a vital role in both advocating for and assisting these young people, many of whom are students on our campuses.