Since the Trump administration last month announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed nearly 800,000 individuals brought to the United States as children to stay and obtain work permits, there have been many stories about the accomplishments of these high-achieving young people.
The program will end March 5, 2018, with President Trump saying that in the meantime he expected Congress to pass a legislative solution to protect DACA recipients, also commonly referred to as Dreamers. Roughly 350,000 are estimated to be currently enrolled in school or college.
Faces of Dreamers is a series of links and posts on the Dreamers, many of whom are under threat of deportation following the administration’s decision.
Faces of Dreamers: Fatima, Case Western Reserve University
Nov. 20, 2017
Last month, Fatima, a first-year Case Western Reserve University (OH) student brought to the United States as a one-year-old from Honduras, traveled to Washington, DC, to tell her story to lawmakers. Fatima was one of dozens of Dreamers who went to Capitol Hill as part of an advocacy event organized by FWD.us to stress the importance of Congress acting quickly to pass legislation protecting their status and ability to legally work, attend school, and serve in the military.
Faces of Dreamers: The Hope and Humanity of Mayra’s Eyes
Nov. 13, 2017
Mayra, a Dreamer who was born in Mexico with a condition that caused impaired vision and migraines, came to the United States in 1992 at age 7 to settle in California with her family. More than a decade later, thanks to the DACA program, she was able to get the health insurance she needed and see clearly for the first time in her life, Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder and president of Emerson Collective, writes in Time.
Faces of Dreamers: Diana Montelongo, University of California, Berkeley Graduate
Nov. 6, 2017
Diana Montelongo, a 23-year-old seventh-grade math teacher in Sacramento, CA, and a Teach for America corps member, is one of an estimated 20,000 DACA recipients who are currently teaching in K-12 classrooms, reports The 74, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news website covering education.
Faces of Dreamers: Laura Salas, Monmouth College
Nov. 1, 2017
Laura Salas, who was brought to the United States from Mexico 11 years ago, considers herself lucky. The DACA policy gave her the certainty she needed to pursue a college degree, and she now is a junior at Monmouth College (IL).
Faces of Dreamers: Juan Vasquez, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Oct. 30, 2017
Juan Vasquez, who was brought to the United States illegally from El Salvador when he was nine years old, was in class at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) when he heard about the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA.
Faces of Dreamers: Nicolle Uria
Oct. 25, 2017
Dreamer Nicolle Uria, a senior at Annandale High School in Fairfax Country, VA, plans to apply to college, major in journalism or business and one day head a media company, reports The Washington Post. But, the paper noted in a profile of her, “the DACA decision turned that future, once brimming with goals, into a waiting game stuffed with questions, ones only Congress can answer and make her wonder if she has a future here at all.”
Faces of Dreamers: Loyola University Chicago Students
Oct. 20, 2017
Loyola tells the stories of four of their students as part of its campaign to support Dreamers and ask Congress to pass legislation permanently supporting these outstanding young people.
Faces of Dreamers: Four Harvard University Students Recount Their Journeys
Oct. 19, 2017
Four undocumented Harvard undergraduates spoke to the Harvard Gazette in May, prior to the Trump administration’s decision in September to rescind DACA, about their challenges, concerns, and hopes.
Faces of Dreamers: Karina Aguilar Guerrero, Princeton University
Oct. 17, 2017
DACA recipient Karina Aguilar Guerrero, who is studying public policy and education at Princeton University (NJ), is one of five Dreamers on the cover of People en Español‘s November issue.
Faces of Dreamers: Linda Escot and Ricardo Lujan, Southern Oregon University
Oct. 17, 2017
Southern Oregon University (SOU) student Linda Escot was brought to the United States at age 6 and dreams of becoming a pediatrician, but says the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA “was like a punch in the face.” Recent Southern Oregon graduate Ricardo Lujan, who worked his way through college, is now reconsidering his plans to go to law school.
Faces of Dreamers: Roshell Rosales & Fernanda Herrera
Oct. 13, 2017
The percentage of immigrants in Alabama is relatively small—under 4 percent in 2015, according to the American Immigration Council. As of 2016, 55 percent of immigrants in the state of Alabama eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—or 4,803 people—had applied for DACA. Two of those Alabamans with DACA status are University of Montevallo student Roshell Rosales and recent Samford University graduate Fernanda Herrera, profiled over the summer by AL.com.
Faces of Dreamers: Bryan Peña, California State University, Los Angeles
Oct. 11, 2017
Bryan Peña is open about his status as a Dreamer, something that hasn’t changed since President Trump rescinded DACA last month. As he told the Los Angeles Times, which profiled him and four other DACA recipients at a rally last month, “This is where I want to live. This is the only life I know.”
OPINION: We’re Scaring Off Future Einsteins: USD President
USA Today (March 17, 2017)
The question we must consider is: Would Einstein still seek asylum in the United States today, or would he be scared away by the current rhetoric and proposed policies? Based on what I am hearing from aspiring Einsteins, the answer would be “scared away.” To change that, we must show that we are a compassionate nation, and that we understand the difference between keeping America safe and making America great.
By James T. Harris, president of the University of San Diego. Also see USD’s National Dialogue on Immigration page.
The New York Times
The New York Times Editorial Board has called on the Trump administration to preserve DACA. Click here for a selection of stories from young immigrants who were spared from deportation and permitted to work during the Obama administration.
Faces of Dreamers: Gloria Oduyoye, William and Mary Law School
Oct. 10, 2017
Gloria Oduyoye, who was brought to the United States as a one-year-old, is in her final semester at William and Mary (VA) Law School, after earning her undergraduate dual degree in political science and music at Wesleyan College (GA). She is on track to become the first DACA recipient to graduate from law school in Virginia.
Faces of Dreamers: Isabel Johnston, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Oct. 5, 2017
University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Law School student Isabel Johnston discovered her undocumented status at age 15, according to The News Record, UC’s student newspaper.
Faces of Dreamers: Areli Munoz-Reyes, Forest Park Community College
Oct. 4, 2017
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks with DACA recipient and St. Louis Community College–Forest Park student Munoz-Reyes, who found out when she was undocumented when she was 16.
Faces of Dreamers: Tony Solis, Davidson College
Oct. 2, 2017
Tony Solis, an undocumented Davidson College (NC) student who grew up in Chicago, is profiled by The Washington Post.