Young Immigrants Hopeful, Skeptical of Obama Plan

"Scores of young [unauthorized] immigrants who have called the United States home for most of their lives are excited by the Obama administration's decision allowing them to stay here legally, but they have a lot of questions. Most important: Is it too good to be true? How will it actually...

Deferred Action / DREAM Update Page

Refresh often as links will change! Also check the websites of your local immigration service providers. [This page last revised 6-19-12 at 9:50 a.m. Central.] - DHS 6-15-12 announcement with links - USCIS 6-19-12 page with links, FAQs - CLINIC Legal Prosecutorial Discretion Toolkit - NILC...

The President Has Spoken - Can DHS Make the Immigration DREAM Come True?

"The task now falls to the Homeland Security Department's immigration components, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to review the anticipated flood of cases for deferred-action eligibility and issue work permits to a population...

DREAM Stakeholder Telecon Monday, June 18th, 2012, 4:00 P.M. Eastern

"Stakeholder Conference Call Invitation  Secretary Napolitano’s Memorandum Directing Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities Monday, June 18, 2012, 4:00 pm (Eastern) On June 15, 2012, Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum directing DHS components...

Obama's New Immigration Policy: Disappointment Is in the Details

"Within the niche where I reside, most of my friends and colleagues are supporters of President Obama. He is one of us: a former law professor, a liberal, and—a point of pride for many of us—a person of color who has navigated his way in the whitest of worlds. But among those of us who...

DREAMers: Avoid Notarios and Other Scammers

"We're not finished cheering, hugging and laughing with joy, but the hard-nosed among us are raising a red flag: DREAMers who may be eligible for Deferred Action and work permits under the new policy announced by DHS and President Obama need to protect themselves from notarios and other scammers...

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers

"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft) . People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible for voluntary enlistment. The announcement...

DREAM Plan Poses "Significant Implementation Challenges"

" The large number of people who could qualify for relief under the policy presents significant implementation challenges that need be addressed: Capacity: Case-by-case review and determinations are a labor-intensive process that will require considerable staff capacity, especially for USCIS...

A lawful step for the immigration system

" P resident Obama recently announced a policy to stop deportation of most undocumented immigrants who came here as children and to give them a quasi-status, called deferred action, that can let them work legally. Perhaps 800,000 Dreamers (as these young migrants are known, because they would be...

ILRC: Understanding the Criminal Bars to the Deferred Action Policy for DREAM Act‐Eligible Individuals

4-page Q&A by ILRC , June 2012.

Archetypal DREAMer Pins Hopes on Deferred Action Status

" Gutierrez is the archetype of a talented and driven young person. He graduated as the salutatorian of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in 2009, and received a full academic scholarship to Georgetown University, an academically elite Jesuit university in Washington, D.C...

From Tijuana, Ex-DREAMer Calls for Immigration Reform

"Nancy Landa was working in the public sector at a California organization that fateful September in 2009, when she was 29. She had graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and had a steady job. Everything seemed...

Undocumented Law School Grads and Students Prepare Lobby

"An organization calling itself the DREAM Bar Association (DBA) is launching a national campaign on behalf of undocumented immigrants who want licenses to practice law after meeting all state requirements." - Leslie Layton, Nov. 12, 2012 .

You May Say He's a DREAMer: John Lennon's Immigration Case

"In many ways, Leon Wildes wrote the ballad of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the undocumented immigrant in America. The New York immigration attorney represented Lennon and Ono in their blockbuster immigration trial throughout the 1970s. He helped the rock star successfully fight deportation. And...

DREAM Lawyers

A valuable and interesting collection of articles from the ABA regarding undocumented law school graduates: The DREAM Bar Undocumented DACA Grantee Seeks Law License Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments in DREAM Lawyer Case

Undocumented Youth: 'We Want to Serve'

"Pablo Reyes-Morales’ dream to serve in the United States military was stoked when he was in high school. “Since I was in ninth grade, when I saw the slogan for the Navy, and it said, “a global force for good,” I was instantly interested,” he said. But that dream shattered...

The Dream Is Now (Video Trailer)

"This spring, we’ll release a 30-minute documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“Inconvenient Truth” and “Waiting for Superman”), sharing the stories of Dreamers and their families. We’ll premiere the film in Washington, DC, and screen it on college...

Arizona's 'No DLs for DACAs' Policy May Not Survive Equal Protection (Rational Basis) Challenge

While most news articles focus on Judge Campbell's March 16, 2013 denial of Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction in ADAC et al. v. Brewer et al., CV12-02546 PHX DGC , of greater import is Judge Campbell's position on Plaintiffs' equal protection (rational basis) argument: ...

Risky Border Protest Lands DREAM Activists in Az. Immigration Jail...For Now

"Lizbeth Mateo paid her tuition Sunday for Santa Clara Law School, where classes begin next month. On Monday, she paused to send the school an email. "I'm letting them know I may not make it in time," she said. The reason for her delay: an unorthodox — and risky —...

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth community college. But without legal status,...

New Jersey Gov. Christie Signs Version of Dream Act Into Law

"Last year, Giancarlo Tello had to drop out of Rutgers University in Newark because he couldn’t afford the out-of-state tuition. This happened even though he lived in New Jersey. The problem was that Tello, 23, is from Peru and was undocumented when he came to this country at age 6. In New...

A DREAM Deferred: From DACA to Citizenship (Appleseed Report)

"This report analyzes an executive policy called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”) and uses lessons gained from DACA applicants and practitioners to discuss potential future immigration programs. ... To understand what the DACA experience can tell national...

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United States. In response, Arizona officials —...

Surreal Dream for DREAMers

"Andrea Gonzalez Garnier, who graduated last spring with a government degree from the University of Texas, and Pedro Villalobos, now in his second year at UT Law School, are Dreamers. They are called that because they are among the nearly 50,000 students to take advantage of the Texas Dream Act...

CA9 Denies Stay to Arizona in Driver License Case: ADAC v. Brewer

Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer 13-16248 Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to provide access to case information. Please check this website regularly for updates. Date Document Title...