DACA ending: What you can do as a Dreamer – or ally

DREAMers flagThe program has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people, enabling them to study, work and fully participate in their communities. Now we must fight to protect them.

Established by President Obama in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has allowed undocumented immigrant youth who meet strict requirements to apply for “deferred action” and obtain a Social Security number and a work permit, subject to renewal every two years.

Almost 800,000 young people across the U.S. have benefited, including more than 8,000 in Massachusetts. But now the Trump administration has said it will end DACA. The small window provided to renew, by Oct. 5, has now closed.

What can you do?

  • Urge Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a clear path to citizenship for Dreamers – and pass a clean DREAM Act, without the intolerable trade-offs that immigration opponents are trying to impose. Use our easy tool to quickly email and/or tweet your members of Congress as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan!
  • If you’re a DACA beneficiary or have friends, family, colleagues, students or patients who are, see our DACA resource page to make sure you have accurate, reliable information, and share with others! You can also print this handout, which also includes the information for advocates and allies provided on this page.
  • Donate to MIRA to support our outreach and advocacy for Dreamers and their families.
  • Join rallies across Massachusetts to support our DACA-mented friends, colleagues and family members! Find events near you via United We Dream or via our Facebook page; if you’re organizing an event, make sure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! Join MIRA’s email list, too, if you’re not on it already!
  • Join our campaign for the Safe Communities Act, to ensure that all young people and their families feel safe and welcome in our communities, regardless of their immigration status. You can start by emailing your legislators using our easy tool.
  • Speak out! Write an op-ed or letter to the editor for your local paper explaining why the DREAM Act is important to you. 
  • Join the nationwide efforts of United We Dream, an advocacy organization led by Dreamers; go to WeAreHeretoStay.org to take action right now.
  • If you’re a young immigrant, Dreamer or not, join the Student Immigrant Movement

Watch this space for more actions! We’ll continue to update.