Immigrant Youth Celebrate Introduction of Higher Education Dream Act

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

The Higher Education Dream Act provides stability and peace of mind in a Trump administration bent on terminating opportunities & building up the Deportation Force

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | | 202.793.2267

Washington, D.C. – Just last week, Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) introduced the Higher Education Dream Act of 2019, legislation that would provide access to in-state tuition and federal financial aid to immigrant students seeking enrollment at federally funded higher education institutions, including those students who currently have — or are eligible for — DACA, DACA+, DAPA, TPS and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) status.

In addition, the legislation prohibits federally funded universities from denying admission and enrollment to immigrant students who meet certain requirements.

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“Trump terminated vital programs like DACA, TPS and DED, resulting in more people in immigrant communities to be in the pipeline to deportation. Last week Congress enabled this vision when it approved more money for Trump’s Deportation Force whilst Trump himself declared a national emergency to direct funds to build his monument of hate at the border.

“That is why we are thankful today for the bold vision of Congressmen John Lewis and Ruben Gallego in pushing Congress to ensure that immigrant youth have peace of mind when pursuing higher education and opportunities to prosper. We urge all Members of Congress to support and co-sponsor this important bill.”

“We need Democratic champions to continue tackling head-on a progressive vision for immigrant communities that involves more protections, and zero harm, including a pathway to citizenship, because our communities are here to stay.”


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.