The Time Is Now for Congress to Protect Dreamers

There is bipartisan support in Congress for legislation providing permanent protection for Dreamers and for passing such a measure by the end of the year. Contact Congress now to make your voice heard on this vital issue.

Faces of Dreamers: Santiago Tobar Potes, Columbia University

Dreamer Santiago Tobar Potes says after he arrived in the United States at age four, he watched television news to learn English. Now in his second year at Columbia University (NY), Potes writes in Civic Nation Voice on Forbes.com that the opportunity to study and gain a quality education “is the greatest gift I have ever received.”

Faces of Dreamers: Jorge Reyes Salinas, California State University Student Trustee

When Jorge Reyes Salinas was 10, his parents cobbled together enough money to leave Peru to start a new life in Los Angeles. They wanted a better future for their only son, who thought he was going to Disneyland. Today, Reyes Salinas is a DACA recipient attending California State University, Northridge, and is the student appointee to the Cal State Board of Trustees.

Faces of Dreamers: Fatima, Case Western Reserve University

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 as part of an advocacy event organized by FWD.us.

Faces of Dreamers: The Hope and Humanity of Mayra’s Eyes

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.

Kicking Off International Education Week

Nov. 13-17 is International Education Week. Brad Farnsworth rounds up the latest news on the state of international higher education in 2017.

Faces of Dreamers: Diana Montelongo, University of California, Berkeley Graduate

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

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

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

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

Cristina Nunez, who was 2 years old when her family migrated to Illinois from Mexico, is a Dean’s List history major at Loyola University Chicago and plans to attend law school. Zarna Patel, a third-year student at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, was 3 years old when her family brought her to North Carolina from India. Jose Martinez taught himself English when his parents migrated to Southern California from Mexico. Today he dreams of becoming a structural engineer.

Faces of Dreamers: Four Harvard University Students Recount Their Journeys

Harvard University (MA) student Jin Park remembers being told to always be mindful of his surroundings growing up in New York City, to keep quiet about being undocumented, and to avoid busy streets where he might encounter immigration agents. Park is one of four undocumented Harvard undergraduates who 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