The recipients of DACA are young people who have grown up as Americans, identify themselves as Americans, and many speak only English and have no memory of or connection with the country where they were born. Under current immigration law, most of these young people had no way to gain legal residency even though they have lived in the U.S. most of their lives.
Many DREAMers say they didn’t know they were unauthorized immigrants until they were teenagers—often when they discovered they couldn’t join their peers in getting a driver’s license or filling out financial aid forms for college because they didn’t have Social Security numbers. The DREAM Act would have provided a pathway to U.S. citizenship to certain undocumented youth who go to college and/or serve in the military while maintaining a good record. (Continue reading from Anti-Defamation League)
Learn How to Take Action (United We Dream)
Myths and Facts About Immigrants and Immigration (Anti-Defamation League)
DACA Explained (National Immigration Law Center)
DACA Resources (The Dream)
Resources for Educators Supporting Dreamers (the National Education Association)
The Dream Act, DACA, and Other Policies Designed to Protect Dreamers (The American Immigration Council)