Tell your representatives to support a Clean Dream Act

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: December 1, 2017

In October, the Colorado Children’s Campaign joined several other Colorado organizations in signing on to a letter to support the passage of a clean Dream Act. This important piece of legislation would provide lawful status and a clear path to citizenship to immigrant youth and young adults who came to the United States as children, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We need your help to bring attention to this issue before Colorado children, youth and young adults face irreparable harm.

For more than five years, DACA has significantly changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, providing eligible immigrants a reprieve from deportation and a two-year work permit. This has allowed young adults to complete high school and attend higher education, pay federal income tax, obtain a driver’s license in certain states and contribute to the economy.

Many young people have already lost their DACA protections since the Trump administration announced it would end the DACA program in March of 2018. Last month, the Migration Policy Institute released a report estimating daily average losses of DACA protections. According to the report, 915 people per day will lose their DACA protections starting in March 2018, with the peak period of protection loss occurring between January and March of 2019. During that time, an estimated 50,000 individuals per month are expected to lose their protections, ultimately ending all protections by 2020.

A recent nationwide survey found that after receiving DACA, 63 percent of recipients moved to jobs with better pay, 49 percent of recipients gained greater access to employment that matches their education and training, and 48 percent of recipients found jobs with better working conditions.  A recent study found that after DACA was introduced in 2012, the mothers eligible for the program saw an immediate improvement in their children’s mental health—diagnoses of adjustment and anxiety disorders fell by more than 50 percent among these children of Dreamers.

For more information about DACA termination and ways to take action, visit DefendDACA.com. If you’d like to attend an event to support Dreamers that is happening in your part of the state, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is posting events. For anyone who is looking for legal resources in this time of uncertainty, visit the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network page. For those in classrooms, click here if you’re looking for resources about how to talk with kids and their families (compiled by our partners at Teach For America – Colorado).

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.