The Huffington Post invited LAYC to participate in a live stream interview on their LatinoVoices Facebook page on the future of DREAMers. On December 1, HuffPost reporter Jessica Carro interviewed LAYC staff and youth DREAMers who have benefited from President Obama’s Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA. She offered LAYC the opportunity to share the success stories of immigrant youth who’ve received DACA, and why the program has been invaluable to them and the other 750,000 DACA-recipients across the country. Knowing that the president-elect campaigned on a platform of immigrant issues that was not exactly welcoming, LAYC staff and youth discussed what the future for DACA recipients and other DREAMer youth might look like under the new administration.
It was an incredibly courageous act for our staff and youth to speak out and tell their stories. These voices reflect the complexity of being undocumented, young, and ambitious, and living under temporary protection with DACA in mixed-status families.
Check out the stories of Tatiana, LAYC staff at Langely Park, and Whitney, an LAYC participant of Bard College and Teen Health Promoters, and recipient of LAYC’s DREAMer Fund and TheDream.US scholarship.
President-elect Trump campaigned on immigration reform. So what does the future hold for DACA recipients?
Posted by HuffPost LatinoVoices on Thursday, December 1, 2016
Author Note: We were pleased to learn that Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) proposed bipartisan legislation, the Bridge Act, to protect DACA youth. LAYC is fully supportive of the Bridge Act and legislative progress towards providing protection to our all undocumented youth. We look forward to seeing this bill approved by other members of Congress and we will continue to push to full comprehensive immigration reform with the new administration and congress.