The immigrant community has faced numerous attacks by the Trump Administration and its allies. In direct attacks on young undocumented immigrants who have only known the U.S. as home – the Dreamers – the Trump administration has repeatedly attempted to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: a lifeline for more than 820,000 young people that allows them to work lawfully, attend school, and plan their lives without the constant threat of deportation. Worse, the administration has taken steps to strip protections from hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – including those from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti who fled civil wars and natural disasters.
It is well past time for Congress to pass permanent protections for these individuals, as well as for their families and communities. Young people represent the largest voting bloc in the country, and we have the power to protect our peers in the immigrant community!
Here are some informative resources to help your activism as we work together to pressure Congress to pass permeant protections for Dreamers and TPS holders.
1. The power of the young people to aid their undocumented peers.
(CAP/GP: Young Voters Have the Power to Support Dreamers This November)
Young people under the age of 36 represent the most diverse and progressive demographic in American history. Among them are the many undocumented young people who have been leading the fight for their human rights for years. With 70 million young people eligible to vote, they represent the largest voting bloc in the country and the strongest force to stand in solidarity with their undocumented peers. See what their power looks like to support the fight for immigrants’ rights.
2. Congressional proposals to protect Dreamers and TPS holders.
(CAP: Resources on H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act)
Here are some of the best resources on the demographics of Dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS holders who could be eligible for permanent legal status and a pathway to citizenship under one Congressional proposal.
3. Who benefits from congressional action: where Dreamers and TPS holders have strong ties to their communities.
(CAP: Cities and Counties Stand to Benefit From the American Dream and Promise Act)
Thousands of Dreamers and TPS holders have lived in the U.S. for years: they were brought to the country when they were young, or they have children that are American citizens. They have roots in communities across the country that would be upended without the passage of permanent protections currently proposed in Congress. See how many families in these communities would benefit from Congressional action.
4. Who is harmed by inaction: undocumented students locked out of their education.
(GP: Leaving DACAmented College Students in the Lurch)
Some states have laws allowing Dreamers who graduated from state public high school and meet certain requirements to go to school at in-state tuition rates. Other states limit those benefits to just those who have DACA or a temporary legal status. Not having or even losing a legal status means these students either pay significantly higher tuition or being outright banned from legally attending a state school. See what laws are in your state that affect these students’ higher education access.
5. What colleges and universities can do to support their undocumented students.
(GP: Seeking Sanctuary: How Schools Can Protect and Advocate for Undocumented Students)
Educators and administrators at colleges across the country have seen the need to not just advocate for the safety of their undocumented students, but also provide substantive services to address the unique disadvantages facing these students as they pursue their educations. Here is what colleges have, can, and should do to support their undocumented students, and a toolkit to help bring those services to your campus.
6. Scholarships and education programs for undocumented college students.
(HEND: Resources for Undocumented Students in Higher Education)
While their status prevents them from receiving federal student aid, many students with temporary legal status or who are currently undocumented are still pursuing their college degrees. Here is an updated list of scholarships and programs that are open these students to help them afford their educations.
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