2021 Survey of DACA Recipients Underscores the Importance of a Pathway to Citizenship

Washington, D.C. — For years, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented young immigrants from deportation and allowed them to pursue their dreams in the United States. However, DACA is not a permanent solution: Undocumented immigrants need a path to citizenship to be fully secure in their homes and lives, and it […]

DACA is Not Enough: The Only Way To Protect DACA Recipients and All Immigrants is for Biden and Congress to Deliver Citizenship for Millions Through Reconciliation

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a new rule for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This news does not impact current DACA recipients or their renewals, nor does it change or expand eligibility. The proposed rule aims to codify DACA policy, but it also leaves the possibility of severing […]

Republicans Move Federal Judge To Partially End DACA in Cruel Attack Against Immigrant Youth and Their Families

Washington, D.C. – Today, in a vindictive and cruel Republican-led attack against immigrant young people and their families, a federal judge in Texas ruled to “vacate” the Department of Homeland Security’s memo that established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting a partial end to it.  Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that no new DACA applications will be […]

Another Reminder of Why DACA is Not Enough: Processing Delays Keeping Thousands of Immigrants at Risk of Deportation

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month, 20 U.S. Senators sent a letter to USCIS expressing their concerns regarding processing delays for DACA applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Since then, USCIS has released its quarterly report confirming the extreme processing delays of initial and renewal DACA application requests. Between January and March 2021, the agency received nearly 50,000 initial […]

President Biden’s Expansion of Pell Grants Will Provide Welcomed Relief for DACA Recipients

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Biden released top lines for his budget request for fiscal year 2022 discretionary funding. As part of his budget, the President’s proposal increases Pell Grants, including making them available to students with DACA protections.  Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Senior Advocacy Manager of United We Dream, said: “We celebrate the inclusion of DACA recipients in […]

DACA Outlasts Trump; Immigrant Youth Are Undeniable and Here To Stay!

Washington, D.C. – On September 5, 2017, Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the first time. On January 20, 2021, with Trump out of office, DACA is still in place and nearly 700,000 immigrants are protected from deportation because of it. Yet, DACA remains at risk as a current […]