Dreamers, we stand with you

You are not alone in this fight

OneGoal recognizes that recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) came to the U.S. through no volition of their own and grew up only knowing America as their home. These individuals enrich our communities, serve in our military, and support our economy. They do not receive federal aid and they have passed background checks. Today, an estimated 97% are employed or enrolled in school; one-third are in high school and another fifth in college.

We ask our government and representatives to fulfill their promise to protect Dreamers through permanent legislation. These individuals are no less human than anyone else. They are our brothers and sisters and deserve to be protected and be granted a path to citizenship.

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Take Action

Whether you are a Dreamer or an ally, we’ve compiled a list of different actions you can take.

Share your story

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Popularity for protecting Dreamers has grown as more people have come forward. Dreamers have been transformed from random strangers to neighbors, colleagues and loved ones. Read how OneGoal staff and Fellows are speaking out to break all stereotypes and humanize this issue.

Read OneGoal DACA stories

Want to share your story? Email OneGoal’s writing team at news@onegoalgraduation.org

Call your representatives

Congress has been debating the passing of a Dream Act since 2001, but never has there been so much popularity and momentum making passage a true possibility. Find your representatives and let them know you stand with Dreamers. Every day. For as long as it takes.

Identify your representatives

Renew your DACA status

For now, the courts have overruled President Trump’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections. This allows qualified individuals to apply for the two-year DACA protection. OneGoal is offering emergency funding for Fellows who need assistance covering the $495 application fee.

Learn if you qualify for DACA protection

Attend a DACA Renewal Clinic

Fellows: reach out to your PDs about OneGoal emergency funding information for application fees

Pursue your college dreams

Individuals everywhere are demanding continued protections for DACA recipients and while the future may be unknown, it is crucial that your life doesn’t come to a halt. Keep reaching for the best opportunities for your success.

College scholarships for Dreamers

Chicago-specific scholarship info for Dreamers

Practice self-care

For Dreamers, the sole act of existing and succeeding is a challenge to every argument against DACA protections. So amidst all of the uncertainty, it’s important to stay tuned on mental and emotional needs in order to continue succeeding in the classroom and beyond. Lean on our regional teams and Program Directors when looking for safe spaces to react, share emotions and talk through the uncertainty.

Tips to take care of your mental health

Resources for Educators

Check out these additional resources:

 

How to Talk to Undocumented Youth About College

A Counselor’s Guide to Resources for Undocumented Students

6 Things Undocumented Students Need to Know About College