DACA Digest: July 14, 2017
Curated news from the DACA Time team
Each week, the DACA Time team provides you with curated news and stories related to DACA and immigration to help raise awareness of the problems we’re trying to solve and the people we’re trying to help.
Raising awareness is a crucial component of social impact:
- How can you change something no one knows anything about?
- What support systems already exist for the folks we’re trying to help?
- Where do we see examples of success that inspire us?
- Perhaps most importantly, what victories, no matter how tiny, can we celebrate this week?
Beyond the social enterprise space, beyond those directly impacted by DACA and its far-too-often arduous application process, answering these questions helps us better understand how our actions are all connected.
Breaking news this week brought us the story of a closed-door meeting between members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The meeting came in response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s threat, along with other state Attorneys General, to challenge DACA in court if the current administration doesn’t take action to phase it out by early September.
The below article states, “Kelly had doubts about the program’s legal viability,” bringing more uncertainty as to the fate of DACA and its beneficiaries.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told Latino lawmakers on Wednesday that a program that protected young…www.latimes.com
Nevertheless, the news of Paxton’s threat to DACA has unleashed a flurry of response across the nation, with commentaries, editorials, and protests in support of Dreamers cropping up in Arkansas, California, Ohio, Texas, and elsewhere. It would be naive to consider DACA’s fate secure, but support continues to be overwhelming.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with his counterparts from nine other states, recently sent a letter to U.S…www.dallasnews.com
BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Protesters chanted from a busy street in Bentonville, hoping to raise awareness of Arkansas…5newsonline.com
The attempt to kill DACA is really calling the question on what it means to be an American. Is being an "American" a…www.cleveland.com
Amid a Republican-led push to end the Obama-era DACA program, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday…www.mercurynews.com
Success and Support
Indeed, a poll publicized in the article below highlights that 78% of registered voters actively support offering Dreamers legal status, finding also that 74% of conservatives in general support Dreamer protections and going on to note that 50% of people falling within several conservative demographics support offering access to citizenship.
Last April, a Morning Consult and Politico poll revealed that three in four of Americans who voted for President Donald…niskanencenter.org
In more concrete and immediate terms, Oregon has granted government-funded healthcare to its over 14,000 undocumented children as a part of the state’s commitment to “Cover All Kids”.
The cost of extending health care for an estimated additional 14,174 children during an 18 month-period starting on Jan…www.ctpost.com
And educators and members of faith communities alike have come out resoundingly in support of DACA students and Dreamers with statements of support from the American Federation of Teachers, the Hispanic Action Network, and a multiracial, interfaith coalition in California.
”We have not seen this climate of fear that we are seeing now,” said Cesar Moreno Perez from the American…www.telesurtv.net
Immigration is on everyone's minds these days, and with good reason. The Trump Administration is following through on…www.themonitor.com
WALNUT, CA - Diverse faith and community leaders held a prayer vigil at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Parish Community on…asianjournal.com
Immigration in the News
South Carolina made news this week with this story highlighting its denial of occupational licenses to DACA students.
Erika Hernandez was a model student at Greenville High School, a high-achiever with a 4.3 grade-point average, almost…www.thestate.com
Immigration in general, with DACA and Dreamers discussed specifically, took center stage during a forum hosted by a California Congressman.
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Immigration took center stage in a forum hosted by Chula Vista Congressman Juan Vargas on Monday…www.cbs8.com
And the below story from NPR brings to light the continuing struggle of DACA students to get a college education in New Jersey, which does not offer state financial aid to undocumented immigrants despite other qualifications.
This story is part of Kitchen Table Conversations, a series from NPR's National Desk that examines how Americans from…www.npr.org
DACA Time Updates
Finally, the DACA Time product underwent a significant user interface refresh while we learned a lot about how to ensure the application process is as intuitive as possible. Read about the latest milestone in DACA Time’s development in our latest product update!
Was there something significant in the news we missed? Is there a story brewing? Let us know in the comments here or on Facebook!