DREAMzone

DREAMzone

 

DREAMzone is a resource for the Arizona State University community regarding undocumented and DACAmented students. Resources include workshops for faculty and staff as well as support for students.

Office Hours

Tuesday 12 - 4 p.m.
Thursday 12 - 4 p.m.
Friday 12 - 4 p.m.
Interdisciplinary B Building, Room 161

Come to DREAMzone office hours! We have staff available to talk with students and connect them to resources.

DACA Alumni Success Stories

Dalia Larios was born in Mexico and raised in the United States. As she explored her passion for science and medicine, she used her studies to challenge herself and the world around her in an attempt to address inequalities impeding societal progress in vulnerable communities. In high school, Dalia graduated within the top 1% of her class. Despite her desire to use her studies to help communities in need, her longing to earn a college degree was threatened by her status as an undocumented immigrant. Nonetheless, she remained determined and had the privilege of pursuing a college education at Arizona State University as a member of Barrett, The Honors College. In 2012, she graduated with a major in Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) with a 4.0 GPA. During her undergraduate years, Dalia conducted research at the Biodesign Institute within the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology where she pursued projects in vaccine development. Ultimately, her love for science and disease, coupled with her experience with poverty and health disparities, led her to pursue a career in medicine.

Presently, Dalia is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School where she has continued to advocate for equitable access to education and healthcare in vulnerable populations. In 2016, she won the Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research Award for her work on designing a student-led health coaching program to improve health outcomes in complex diabetic patients. She is currently pursuing a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Through this field, she hopes to expand access within our healthcare system to underrepresented members of our society affected by thoracic diseases. Importantly, she would like her efforts to transcend borders by performing globally-conscious work as a surgeon and serving under-resourced communities abroad.

Oscar came to the United States at the age of 12. He was a member of the Carl Hayden High School Robotics Team who beat MIT at an underwater robotics competition in 2004. In 2005, Oscar enrolled at ASU, excelled academically, started a robotics team on campus, got married, and had his first child, all before graduating in mechanical engineering in 2009. Prior to the passage of Proposition 300 his education was funded by institutional scholarships. In 2007, that changed to the Sunburst Scholarship and then the American Dream Fund. After graduation Oscar was not able to secure a job due to his immigration status so he did what the law said and self-deported to Mexico in hopes that he would return “home” to the US quickly. Over a year later, through the intervention of US Senator Richard Durbin, Oscar was able to return to the US get his permanent residency. Oscar was finally able to pursue his dream of joining the military as a sergeant in the US Army where he served two tours to Afghanistan. He now works as a business analyst in a software development team for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented community organizer, an educator, and a dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enable her to start Aliento. She also serves in the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. Reyna holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, AZ for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She has been recognized for her work via several national platforms such as 2017 #NBCLatino20 and Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change, and leadership development of our immigrant youth. Photo Credit: Axel Dupeux for the Open Society Foundations

 

Important Messages and Information 

USCIS Is Now Accepting Requests to Renew a Grant of Deferred Action Under DACA.

Pursuant to a court order issued last week, US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it “has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.”   You’ll find details here: instructions for DACA filings pursuant to the district court order

The US Department of Justice is seeking review of the lower court order by the Ninth Circuit and also intends to take the rare step of seeking a writ of certiorari asking for immediate Supreme Court review. Thus immigration law specialists are advising that “foreign nationals who have been granted DACA benefits in the past should not delay in filing but, because the litigation is moving quickly, should also be advised that USCIS could refuse to accept or adjudicate filings if a higher court stays the district court order.”

ASU President Michael M. Crow’s messages to the community about DACA:

 

Information from immigration law specialists

 

Information from the DHS regarding DACA rescission

The Department of Homeland Security has issued three documents relating to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, which Arizona State University is posting here for your information.

 

Federal Dream Act Legislation

Pending Proposals

Analysis

Undocumented Students for Education Equity (USEE) is an undocumented student organization at Arizona State University. Our purpose is to expand individual, group, and institutional capacity to openly address representation of undocumented students and contribute to a safe and respectful campus environment.

Arizona Legal Center
Offers free legal consultations, advise, and guidance on immigration issues through its Immigration Services Project.

The Florence Project: What if I’m Picked up by ICE in Arizona?
Advice on making a Family Plan.

Red Immigration Card
Red Cards are available for request from Immigration Legal Resource Center.

Immigration: Know Your Rights
Use this document to understand your immigration rights.

Informed Immigrant: FAQs
Provides answers to questions about DACA and being undocumented in 2017.

Immigration Legal Resource Center: Plan de Proteccion Familiar / Family Protection Plan

Events

"The Dream is Now" (abridged)

Shining City

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions here. Is your question not answered? Any DACA students who have questions should contact Kaylen Cons, Director of Student Advocacy. 

Should I travel abroad?

DACA beneficiaries with a valid advance parole document may continue to travel internationally. But, it is not recommended as reentry to the United States is not guaranteed. USCIS will not process new advance parole applications from DACA holders, even those that were pending as of September 5th.

Will ICE take any enforcement actions against DACA students on or off any ASU campus?

DHS, both before and since its announcement on September 5TH, reaffirmed its commitment to its "sensitive locations" policy, which includes schools. Pursuant to that policy, ICE will not conduct enforcement actions on university campuses except under extraordinary or exigent circumstances. As is true of other law enforcement, ICE agents would have to have a valid criminal warrant or consent from the resident to enter residential spaces such as on-campus dorm rooms, absent exigent circumstances.  DHS also has stated that ICE will not detain or deport an individual who has valid DACA documents based solely on lack of legal status.  See the Know Your Rights link under the Other Resources tab above for information on encounters with ICE off campus.

My DACA expired prior to September 5, can I file a renewal now?

No. If your DACA expired before September 5, 2017, you are not eligible to file for renewal.

My DACA expires after March 5, can I file a renewal now?

No. If your DACA expires after March 5, 2018, you are not eligible to file for renewal.

I never applied for DACA but I am eligible. Can I apply now?

No. USCIS will not accept initial DACA applications.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylen Cons, Director of Student Advocacy.

Become a DREAMzone Ally


DREAMzone’s primary objective is to create inclusive and supportive environments for the educational success of all students.

Development of DREAMzone

DREAMzone emerged in fall 2012 out of the DREAMer Research Initiative, a collaborative effort amongst faculty, staff, and administrators garnering support for a comprehensive response to the unmet social, cultural and academic needs of undocumented students at Arizona State University. The name DREAMzone is derived from the alias "DREAMers," which refers to potential beneficiaries of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.