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 7,900 in Massachusetts. But now the Trump administration has said it will end DACA.

What can you do?

  • 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!
  • Urge Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a clear path to citizenship for Dreamers, without the uncertainties they faced with DACA. Sign the petition and click through to call your elected officials!
  • 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.
  • Speak out! Contact your legislators and consider writing an op-ed or letter to the editor for your local paper. 
  • Donate to MIRA to support our outreach and advocacy for Dreamers and their families.
  • 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.