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Newcomers, Immigrants, Refugees, & International Ed LibGuide: DACA & DREAMers

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival "Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS. It can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residency or to citizenship.  And, it can be revoked at any time."

DREAMers: Commonly known as “DREAMers” because of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act — proposed legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship. Nickname often used as reference to undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children.

Source: Terminology // Diversity and Inclusion // Marquette University. Accessed 19 June 2023.
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National Immigration Law DACA Litigation Timeline

Last updated by NILC on May 8, 2020.  Click HERE for PDF version of the timeline.

United We Dream 

provides extensive information and support for immigrants in the U.S.

Define American

is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

Unidos U.S.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through our unique combination of expert research, advocacy programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels.

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The Center for DREAMers - UW Madison

UW Madison Center for DREAMers empowers DACAmented students to achieve their higher education goals in Wisconsin through access to culturally responsive legal representation, social services, and educational and career services.

Humanizing Deportation

Humanizing Deportation is a community based digital storytelling project that documents the human consequences of contemporary regimes of migration and border control in the United States and Mexico.

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My Undocumented Life - Up-to-Date Information & Resources for Undocumented Students

Our mission at My Undocumented Life is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented students, their families, and allies (including educators, counselors, and administrators)

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Immigration Defense Project

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) was founded over 20 years ago to combat an emerging human rights crisis: the targeting of immigrants for mass imprisonment and deportation.

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Informed Immigrant

The Informed Immigrant website provides a step-by-step guide to renewing your DACA.

Immigration Law Help

Immigration Law Help provides assistance to low-income immigrants seeking legal help. 

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