As you probably know, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. The Administration announced this information with the caveat that it will allow any current DACA recipient whose permit expires before March 5, 2018, the opportunity to apply for renewal by October 5, 2017. This announcement has unjustly stripped away a legal pathway to access education and work for thousands of young DREAMers—immigrant youth who call the United States home. It places thousands of families in a precarious situation, unsure of what will become of their future. Additionally, for a select group of DREAMers, it placed them under tremendous stress to collect the $495 renewal fee in less than a month.
Upon the announcement of the termination of the DACA program, IFCLA and other area organizations knew we could not sit idly by while young people were under attack. We collectively organized a week-long emergency fundraiser to provide scholarships to cover the renewal fees, as well as host a DACA Renewal Clinic on September 21st.
Over thirty generous donors contributed over $6,000, which made it possible for us to fully fund every request our collective organizations received. What a success! We were thrilled to see the tremendous amount of support for DACA individuals and their families. To all of our generous donors: thank you! We also want to highlight that many donations came in modest amounts—$50 dollars or less. While none of us alone can do everything, this effort was a perfect example of many individuals contributing in small ways to benefit the whole in a tremendous way. This is what collective power looks like!