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Stories about DACA

By Jill Anderson 01/09/2017 4:40 PM EST
Ivy
For undocumented students, the path to college can be littered with unique obstacles, from limited financial resources to fear of disclosing status to a sense of hopelessness that can get in the way before they even apply. What can educators do to meet the particular needs of these students — to prepare them academically and support them emotionally? A pivotal piece of the equation: Get to know your students well, and develop strong relationships, says Roberto Gonzales, who has studied the experiences of undocumented young people for years. “Because undocumented students are excluded from...
By Matt Weber 11/02/2016 2:27 PM EDT
Define American
When the DREAM Act was proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2001 in response to a gifted young constiuent being kept from attending Julliard due to her undocumented status, it seemed — as it still does — like "common sense reform." So why, then, despite being on the floor of the Senate twice and the House once, cannot it not get passed? The legislation that would provide undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children a path toward legal status through education or the military has had a long journey, says Angela Maria Kelley, executive director of the Center for...
By Bari Walsh 08/24/2016 9:45 AM EDT
Undocumented and Educated
In the four years since the Obama Administration launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, young, undocumented immigrants have gained visibility, opportunity, and some measure of stability. But their immigration status, and that of their parents, still inflicts a corrosive burden, says Roberto Gonzales, who has chronicled their experiences before and after the DACA protections. For educators who work with immigrant students, the weight of that burden requires new support services and a distinctive kind of outreach, particularly as young people move through high...
By Elaine McArdle 08/24/2015 10:16 PM EDT
Dreamers illustration
Gloria Montiel, Ed.M.'11, can't recall the first time she heard about a place called Harvard, but from the sixth grade on, she could dream of nothing else.

"I was sure I was going to go there," says Montiel, who set about figuring out how. At the top of her class in eighth grade, she learned of a program that places children of color in elite prep schools. But her school counselor revealed a devastating truth: Montiel couldn't apply. "At that moment, I realized that all this time, everything I had been doing toward my goals — this was going to become a problem," Montiel recalls....
By Jill Anderson 10/28/2014 11:42 AM EDT
Televisa Foundation event
Many attendees at last week’s launch of the Televisa Foundation’s new campaign, Piensalo (Think About It), have something in common; much of the audience at the event grew up as undocumented immigrants. Attendees shared stories about their fears of deportation and their struggles to find opportunities. It wasn’t until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which, as of 2012, allows undocumented young people who meet specific guidelines to be considered for deferred action — that their futures began to change. “The plight of undocumented young people is one of the most...