Ahead of next week’s Supreme Court arguments about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, TheDream.US today released two new videos featuring graduated TheDream.US Scholars who rely on DACA to work as a teacher and a nurse.
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC. The organization believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and contribute to the country that they call home. The new videos feature two recent TheDream.US Scholars who have graduated and are now in the workforce:
Marisela, a TheDream.US Scholar graduate now working as a teacher, is one of the 16,000 DACA-recipients who work in education. As she notes in the video, “I would tell the Supreme Court to let me do my job. I love my job. I love my students. I love my school. I love my community. DACA has benefited the US because a new generation of professionals are ready to serve the country that they love.” Watch a 2-minute version of Marisela’s story here.
Sol, a TheDream.US Scholar graduate now working as a nurse, is one of the 27,000 DACA recipients who work in health care. As Sol explains, “DACA has made us resilient; has made us resourceful; and has made us hard working. I believe that through DACA we’ve acquired all these qualities that make us better professionals. I hope that the statistics of how much we’ve changed the economy, the statistics of how many of us have gone to school and are now in higher-level will help persuade [The Supreme Court] to keep this program. It really is working and it really has changed so many lives.” Watch a 2-minute version of Sol’s story here.
According to Don Graham, co-founder of TheDream.US, “Marisela and Sol are just two of the nearly 700,000 DREAMers who have relied on DACA to strengthen their own lives and the communities around them. Their stories remind us why DACA is a popular and successful program and why DREAMers’ futures and opportunities should be protected.”
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 scholarships to students with DACA and TPS at more than 75 partner colleges in 15 states and Washington, DC.