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.

Important Messages and Information

What does the February 26th Supreme Court decision mean?

On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request by the Department of Justice to hear the University of California DACA case. A California federal district court had issued a national injunction in this case on January 9th, requiring USCIS to accept DACA renewals again. The Supreme Court’s denial of the Justice Department’s request means that review of the injunction will now proceed in the usual process through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This process is currently proceeding in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, reviewing a similar injunction put into place by a N.Y. district court. For additional information regarding legal background on these cases, see the National Immigration Law Center summary.

What this means for students…

Since USCIS is now accepting DACA renewals, students should renew their DACA status. Even if a student’s DACA status has previously expired, it is recommended that they renew during this window. You’ll find details here: instructions for DACA filings pursuant to the district court order. ASU has secured a limited amount of private funds to assist with the $495 renewal fee. Currently enrolled ASU students should contact Arlene Chin at a.chin@asu.edu for more information on how to access this funding.

If students have never held a DACA status, they cannot apply.

While this decision is good news for many DACA recipients, it is not a permanent solution and does not provide long-term security for students.

What does the March 5th deadline mean?

Given the February 26th Supreme Court action, DACA is not ending on March 5th. The pending litigation needs to be heard in the Courts. In the meantime, Congress still has an opportunity to provide a more permanent solution for DACA recipients.

 

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

 

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

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

 

"The Dream is Now" (abridged)

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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.