Last week, President Trump decided to end the DACA program that has enabled 800,000 young people to grow and thrive. So much news has happened in the intervening days that the struggle of those brave young people and allies risks getting lost in the "news cycle."
But there's no time to waste, especially for those Dreamers nearing the end of their current DACA period. They face an impending deadline of October 5th to apply for a two-year renewal to remain in the United States, the only country many of them have every known.
Many thousands of Arizona's approximately 28,000 DACA recipients now find themselves facing this deadline, and getting every one of them renewed will take a massive community effort. Many of our grassroots partners have stepped up to the task, but they face a significant challenge: funding.
DACA renewals are not cheap: running at a nonwaivable fee of $495. For many Arizona youth, including some who before last week's announcement may have been saving up to renew a couple months down the road, that burden is too much to meet. The good news: YOU CAN HELP. Many grassroots organizations have set up funds to pay for DACA renewals.
Please choose one (or more) and give what you can today:
Promise Arizona (when you get to Paypal, note your donation is for "DACA")
Aliento, CAIR-AZ, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Mi Familia Vota, Trans Queer Pueblo, and Undocumented Students for Education Equity
We realize this appeal may seem a bit outside our usual voting rights and campaign finance wheelhouse. Think about it this way: in a just political system, the DREAM Act (first introduced in Congress in 2001) would have become law years ago and many of today's Dreamers would be voting citizens, as they deserve to be.