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Monday, August 15, 2022

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that allows young people who were brought illegally to the US as children to receive renewable work and education permits to defer deportation. DACA was signed into law by President Obama in June 2012 following the longtime grassroots organizing of United We Dream. The application process commenced on this day despite opposition from the usual suspects, but with the support of some unusual ones.

  • Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story, by Areli Morales, a DACA recipient. In the first picture book written by a DACA Dreamer, Areli Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story.
  • Resources for Educators and Families about Immigration and DACA, from the Center for Racial Justice. A resource guide to support educators, youth, families, advocates, and all communities affected by Trump’s decision to end DACA.
  • Eclipse of Dreams: The Undocumented-Led Struggle for Freedom, edited by Marco Saavedra, Claudia Muñoz, Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Stephen Pavey, Fidel Castro Rodriguez, and Pedro Santiago Martinez. This book tells the stories of a new generation of young people, awakened “Dreamers.” Using a collective writing process, as well as testimonials, photography, poetry, and art, the book is an invitation to find another way forward for migrant justice and human dignity, one that might allow us all to recover our global humanity. From direct action to the infiltration of immigrant detention centers, these youth are leading a movement for human liberation.
  • Video to mark 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama joins a group of five DACA recipients in a roundtable conversation where they reflect on their stories and discuss the work that remains. President Obama encourages them to continue being advocates in their communities, referencing the urgent need to reform the immigration system to provide a more permanent solution for all Dreamers.