The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is vital to public education across the country and here in Illinois, from preschool through high school. A resolution for DREAMers would help us realize the potential of the children in our classrooms today.
DACA also enables college graduates to work as teachers. Teachers in the U.S. under DACA fill a tremendous need in a shortage area for many school systems; many are bilingual and have graduated from top universities. DACA teachers help schools to be safe, supportive, thriving academic and social environments that prepare young people for college, the workplace, and flourishing lives. With DACA discontinued, Illinois schools will lose these vitally important teachers. Teachers who were brought here as children must be able to continue to strengthen our schools and our state.
Recently, Illinois expanded eligibility for college-directed aid and scholarships to undocumented students. However, DREAMers are still ineligible to receive Monetary Awards Program (MAP) grants.
Even more importantly, changes to federal policy protecting undocumented students create an air of uncertainty and stress that schools and communities feel daily. You can do your part, today, by signing our petition to call on officials at the highest levels of power to support DREAMers in an urgent way.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights offers helpful resources and information for across the state. Learn more and access their resources here.
Students must be able to attend school and graduate with a clear path toward a productive future, and teachers who were brought here as children must be able to continue to strengthen our schools and our nation.