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Approximately 10% of our staff is personally impacted by the decision while Dreamers comprise about 20% of DCP students and alumni. For allies, there are feelings of anger, guilt and helplessness. DACA was transformational policy, providing a springboard for Dreamers’ aspirations while yielding social and economic benefit to communities across the country. While DACA is on hold, the burgeoning movement led by Dreamers is one of the most powerful civil rights movements today.
DCP has a nearly twenty-year track record of nurturing and supporting Dreamers and their families. Before DACA, the California Dream Act, and even before AB 540, DCP laid the groundwork to ensure Dreamers were on track to matriculate directly to two- and four-year colleges. Dreamers have also had access to DCP’s College Scholarship Program. Our students, along with teacher and counselor allies, developed the first DREAM clubs on school campuses. Today, our alumni lead in immigrant rights organizations on their campuses and across California.
DCP’s College Success Team has successfully supported the renewal process for eligible DACA recipients and is now refocusing their efforts to engage with any DACA recipients needing guidance. We will also connect students and families who are not eligible for DACA to meet with trusted community agencies to help them navigate their status. Given the sensitive nature of the issue, we will make these resources and information available through various avenues for those individuals who wish not to self-identify. We will not force anyone to disclose their status, nor will we collect/store this information. If you would like to connect with a trusted agency directly visit Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network: SIREN and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.
The suspension of DACA for new applicants does not mean Dreamers should put their college dreams on hold. Dreamers can continue to access the California Dream Act to support their college aspirations. We will ensure all our middle and high school students know what they can do to successfully attend and afford college. We encourage our alumni in college to stay the course of earning their diploma like so many have achieved prior to DACA. Even though this is a huge loss to our community, we also acknowledge that this is not the end of the fight. The leadership of Dreamers across the country gives us hope that soon we will see change. For this reason, we will continue to pursue college success with the same passion that has always defined us.
While we hope that these actions will help our community continue to move forward, we know that our students and families will continue to experience stress and fear under this new reality. DCP will continue to be a safe environment for our Dreamers to learn and grow. We are also committed to providing ongoing resources and support over the next several months.
DCP is committed to advancing the college dreams of all students. The broader DCP community is encouraged to find concrete ways to support Dreamers, to educate and inform allies, and to champion equity and justice at home and across the country.
Co-Founder and Executive Director