Approximately 10% of our staff is personally impacted by the decision while Dreamers comprise about 20% of DCP students and alumni. For allies, there are feelings of anger, guilt and helplessness. DACA was transformational policy, providing a springboard for Dreamers’ aspirations while yielding social and economic benefit to communities across the country. While DACA is on hold, the burgeoning movement led by Dreamers is one of the most powerful civil rights movements today.
DCP has a nearly twenty-year track record of nurturing and supporting Dreamers and their families. Before DACA, the California Dream Act, and even before AB 540, DCP laid the groundwork to ensure Dreamers were on track to matriculate directly to two- and four-year colleges. Dreamers have also had access to DCP’s College Scholarship Program. Our students, along with teacher and counselor allies, developed the first DREAM clubs on school campuses. Today, our alumni lead in immigrant rights organizations on their campuses and across California.
It is on this foundation that DCP re-commits to Dreamers and our values of inclusion, equity, and justice.