Dream Act Now
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 9/3/2020
First introduced in 2001, the Development, Relief, Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, would address the growing number of undocumented youth in the United States that were unable to continue with their higher education and job prospects. It would also provide a gradual legalization pathway. However, various introductions to Congress were made, but no legislation has passed of yet. Instead, undocumented youth organizers turned to the executive branch to exert “deferred action”, which delays deportation initiations and proceedings. The president can exert this on a case by case basis. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a temporary 2 year, renewal status for people under 30 to obtain a work permit. On September 5th, 2017, the Trump administration announced the programs rescission and gave 6 months for Congress to pass the DREAM Act. That deadline came and the situation was unresolved. On March 5th, 2018, a rally in Washington, DC for a symbolic demonstration that undocumented youth and people were going to continue fighting for their rights. It even reached the Supreme Court, with the justices deciding on June 18, 2020 that the Trump administration did not provide enough reason for the DACA rescission. From the series “We the People.” It was heavily used and known due to its mass production print on the Washington Post on Inauguration Day in 2017. It was widely used and presented at the Women’s March throughout the country on the following day. Amongst the messages, this poster in particular called for action for Congress to pass the Dream Act.