The recent surge of unaccompanied minors means so many more of the youth we serve need caring adults in their lives to connect them to education, mental health, and legal aid services. Last year, a small group of staff began the DREAMER Committee to respond to these needs with the goal to help youth fulfill their educational goals.
Since then, the committee has organized three DACA clinics, know-your-rights trainings, cultural events, and rallies often donning the red “Our Dreams Are Not Illegal” t-shirt of their own design. They also raised money to establish the DREAMER Fund to help youth apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other immigration process fees. So far, they have awarded 13 scholarships to help youth apply for DACA and other protected immigration statuses, including one youth, Manuel Sibrian, who applied for U.S. citizenship to pursue his dream of joining the Police Academy.
The Committee welcomed its first youth liaison member in 2015 and looks forward to helping the youth member build a youth committee to plan and execute their own advocacy and educational events.
LAYC DREAMER FUND
LAYC’s DREAMER Fund helps past and present LAYC/MMYC participants (including LAYC Career Academy, Next Step, and YouthBuild Public Charter Schools) apply for immigration-related expenses. Funds are limited and are available on a rolling basis.Download the LAYC DREAMer Fund Application
UPDATES TO DREAMER COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES AS OF 2/22/2017
LAYC’s DREAMER Committee is temporarily postponing any future DACA clinics. We continue to provide information, disseminate resources, and support advocacy efforts for our immigrant youth and their families.
We recognize that there are questions about the future of the DACA program and immigration policies in general. We will regularly update this page with information as it is available. Please refer to the following resources:
- There are confirmed reports of a surge of immigration enforcement (ICE) actions across the U.S. Please review these critical Know Your Rights materials from United We Dream (available in multiple languages.)
- Please review and use this helpful Family Preparedness Plan from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), available in Spanish and English. These tips and tools will help everyone create a safety plan regardless of their immigration status.
- If you witness immigration enforcement (ICE) activity in your community, report to it to United We Dream’s MigraWatch hotline ASAP. Call 1-844-363-1423 and share this information to protect communities from detention and deportation. Text heretostay to 877877 to receive text alerts about immigration enforcement (ICE) activity near where you live and if there are any requests to help.
- The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still stands until the Trump Administration makes a decision. We do not yet know if, how, or when DACA will be repealed by the current administration. We do not yet know if DACA will be protected by Congress.
- Visit this important DACA Under Trump’s Administration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page created by United We Dream and DACA: Current Status and Options by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), both published February 2, 2017.
- United We Dream‘s Gaby Pacheco shares a Practical Guide for Steps to Take Now to prepare for possible repeal of DACA, published January 24, 2017.
- If you are eligible for DACA or DACA renewal, please review this guide from United We Dream for a summary of current recommendations about applying at this time. More detailed updates are available from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Both guides were published in November 2016.
- Have immigration questions? Contact a local immigration lawyer or legal service provider. You can find a legal provider or attorney near you by using the Immigration Advocate Network’s interactive map and national immigration legal directory.
- Remember, everyone has rights! Please review and become familiar with the National Immigration Law Center‘s Know-Your-Rights materials available in English and Spanish.
- If you are experiencing a financial burden due to immigration costs (and you are a past or current LAYC/MMYC participant) apply for our scholarship!
Questions about the committee, scholarship, or the information above? Contact Cecilia Dos Santos at (202) 319-2258 or email@example.com.