Dreamers are young, patriotic people who are American in every sense but on paper. They strengthen our workforce, study in our schools, serve in our armed forces, and enrich our communities. Despite living nearly their entire lives in the United States, they are under threat of losing their protected status and could face deportation to countries they barely remember.
As undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Dreamers are able to apply for temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. After passing a rigorous background check, roughly 800,000 promising young people have received renewable two-year permits to live in the United States while they work, study, and support their families. These Dreamers’ applications must be renewed every two years to retain the important protections against deportation.
Unfortunately, Dreamers’ lives are hanging in the balance. DACA is currently being challenged in the courts, jeopardizing the futures of 800,000 Americans who live with the constant threat of losing their deportation protections.
However, Dreamers are -- for the moment -- able to renew their DACA protections. We have launched this page to help Dreamers pay for their $495 DACA renewal application, allowing them to continue serving our communities for another two years.
The money raised by the Protect DACA Youth Fund will be distributed to existing GoFundMe campaigns created by or for Dreamers raising money to pay for a DACA renewal application. Excess funds may be donated to organizations that provide free assistance with DACA applications.
To learn more, please visit www.gofundme.com/daca
The Direct Impact Fund, an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has partnered with GoFundMe to deliver tax-deductible donations to support those in need. Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their contribution to this campaign.
As of April 11, 2019, the Direct Impact Fund operates as GoFundMe.org.