DACA Digest: May 19, 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.
Immigration in the News
This week brought us several moving profiles of Dreamers from around the country: Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. Each one of them highlights the accomplishments, struggles, and uncertainties many immigrants face every day.
Like them, Diego was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child -- in his case, from Mexico. This story does not use…www.cpr.org
A young woman, who was brought to the United States as an infant, struggles to make sense of her place in a country…www.rimonthly.com
One day earlier this year, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions passed through the cafeteria in a Senate office building to buy…www.huffingtonpost.com
Ricardo is a college freshman, male, Latino, and wants to be a high school teacher. This is like finding a pot of gold…www.edsurge.com
And from DACA Time’s home city of Columbus, Ohio comes notes from the New American Forum focusing on the social benefits of Central Ohio’s vibrant immigrant community.
The population of Columbus is expected to triple over the next 30 years, and a large part of that growth will be…www.dispatch.com
The Pew Research Center also published findings from this year’s Population Association of America conference, shining a spotlight on some revealing statistics that show DACA is not at the end of the struggle for undocumented immigrants.
At this year's annual meeting of the Population Association of America, the nation's largest demography conference…www.pewresearch.org
Success & Support
The week’s news also celebrated several successes amongst the immigrant community and its allies, including this story from Park City, Utah about a fundraising effort to help offset DACA application costs.
Moe Hickey believes every student should be given a chance to succeed. That's why Hickey, a former Park City school…www.parkrecord.com
Meanwhile, a Nebraska legislator seeks to reinforce its support of his state’s DACA population.
Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha will ask Nebraska's Legislature on Monday to formally express the state's opposition to any…journalstar.com
Finally, Americas Quarterly showcases the work of two participants in The DREAMers Project Workshop, supported by PEN America and CUNY.
Paper plays an outsized role in Amalia Rojas' life. A lack of papers - or at least a lack of the right ones - diverted…www.americasquarterly.org
DACA Time Milestones
On May 10, the DACA Time team reunited with several other GiveBackHack teams at the first meeting of the SEA Change Ohio 2017 Columbus cohort. The meetings have been amazing so far, and we can’t wait to work with these and other supremely talented social entrepreneurs!
We were also honored to be selected to present at Columbus SOUP’s Spring Soup event scheduled for May 21. More details to come, but click the link below to attend if you’re in the Columbus area!