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For Immediate Release

UWD Staff

Immigrant Youth and Allies Helped Over 4,700 Undocumented People Cover DACA Application Fees

“Cost shouldn’t prevent young people from getting the protections from deportation they deserve.”
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Since a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in early December, United We Dream has raised over $423,000 to support new first-time and renewal DACA applicants through our DACA Application Fund. With DACA application fees costing $495 per person, United We Dream has seen a massive increase in requests from DACA eligible youth needing financial support in order to apply. Over the past month, United We Dream has received more than 600 requests for DACA scholarships through its application fund, 218 of which have been for initial DACA applicants. 

We are encouraging folks who want to contribute to visit United We Dream’s DACA Fund. Every dollar counts and helps to ensure that cost is not a barrier for eligible applicants to apply. 

Juanita Monsalve, Senior Marketing and Creative Director of United We Dream, said:

“Cost shouldn’t prevent undocumented young people from getting the protections from deportation they deserve. From the moment we heard of DACA’s reinstatement, we immediately reopened our DACA Application Fund and got to work fundraising for our community. Hundreds of thousands of DACA-eligible youth have waited for this moment to be able to apply, yet many have been unable to cover the $495 application fee. 

With DACA still at risk pending a critical decision in the Texas v U.S. lawsuit, we must ensure everyone who is eligible for the program can apply as soon as possible. The need for financial support to cover DACA application fees continues to grow every day, with hundreds of applicants reaching out to us per week. We need as many community members as possible to donate and help us raise more DACA Application Funds to continue helping as many young people as possible apply and be protected from deportation.”


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.


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