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ERIC Number: EJ1141916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-3
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
"Dreamers" Are at the Heart of the American Dream
Núñez, Elsa
New England Journal of Higher Education, Mar 2017
The latest policy pronouncements on immigration reaffirm the need for comprehensive immigration reform in this country. It is time for Congress to decide how to balance securing our borders with the need for a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people already in the U.S. Known as "Dreamers," there is an entire generation of talented, dedicated students born abroad but raised in this country without documented legal status. Since 2012, more than 740,000 Dreamers have been given Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, allowing them to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. DACA students came to this country as children, they have grown up here, been schooled here, and dream of having productive, engaged lives here as American citizens. They think of themselves as Americans. TheDream.US, a national foundation created by former "Washington Post" publisher Donald Graham and his wife, Amanda Bennett, has established the Opportunity Scholarship program to support upwards of 500 Dreamers over the next few years. Opportunity Scholars receive sufficient scholarship funds to fully pay for their tuition, fees, room and board. The Opportunity Scholarship program is described in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
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