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Supporting Dreamers: IRT Update

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Since it was announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be phased out, the focus has been on Congress to pass a legislative solution before March 5, 2018. After that day, if Congress does not act, about 1,000 young people will lose their status every day. Without DACA, they lose work authorization and their academic goals will be at risk.

Because the solution lies with our elected officials, everyone can make a difference. Below are some ways you can get involved.

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Letter Writing to Support DACA Students

The President's Emerging Scholars (PES) on the UMN Twin Cities campus is organizing a letter writing effort to support legislation for permanent legal status for undocumented youth.

Write letters to your legislator and get more ideas to advocate in support of DACA: 
Friday, Nov. 3
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appleby Hall, Room 3

Students: Want to Support DACA on your Campus?

PES is eager to share how they are organizing efforts in support of DACA recipients. Students and student groups on all campuses that are interested in learning can email us We will connect you with PES student leaders.

Groups Supporting Continuation of DACA

Local and national nonprofits and businesses, including the Minnesota and U.S. Chambers of Commerce, support a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers, the young people who came to the United States as children. Here are some groups you can follow to keep up on the legislative process:

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

United We Dream

National Immigration Law Center


President Kaler, AAU Call for Permanent DACA Solution

Last week President Kaler joined Association of American University presidents and chancellors in a strong statement to Congress urging legislators to pass a permanent legal solution for the young Dreamers participating in DACA. 

Senators Demand Clarity on DACA Information

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and 41 other senators signed a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inquiring about the personal information of DACA recipients. When young people applied for DACA, they were assured the information they provided would not be used against them or their families for immigration enforcement purposes.

But during a senate hearing in late September, the acting DHS secretary would not promise that DACA information would not be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for immigration enforcement. In their letter, the senators asked for detailed information about changes to immigration enforcement priorities and sharing of DACA information. 

Sen. Klobuchar asks DOJ, DHS to Consider Impact on Universities

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing October 3, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked officials testifying for the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security if they considered how ending DACA March 5 will impact DACA students enrolled in institutions of higher education. You can watch Sen. Klobuchar's portion of the hearing beginning at 01:46:42.



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