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We Stand With Dreamers

If you are a DACA program recipient, please click here to learn how JFS can help you navigate and support you right now.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – 1/21/2021

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order that demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s full support of DACA and ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue new guidance to fortify and preserve the DACA program. This means unless there is a negative decision from the Texas lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DACA, all types of DACA applications and associated advance parole applications will continue to be accepted.

The Acting Secretary of DHS also issued directives stating that deportation action should be focused only on those who are deemed to be national security, border security, or public safety threat (e.g. someone committing or believed to commit crimes such as smuggling, trafficking, violence, or threats of violence, etc.) until DHS issues more specific guidelines on priorities for removal (deportation) enforcement. This means, that if you are undocumented and are not deemed to be a threat to the nation, border, or public safety then you should not be sought after by ICE. This is a complete turnaround from the prior 4 years under the previous administration who sought to enforce the removal of any undocumented person.

We will not know the details of how DHS will implement any of the Executive Orders until DHS issues memorandums setting out those details. We expect more immigration-focused Executive Orders to be signed on January 29th.

There is no more information on the legislation that was announced and before that legislation can mean anything, it must pass congress, so DO NOT pay anyone any money to help you file any sort of application for *new* types of immigration relief.

We will send out more communication as we learn more details.

Show your support! Below you will find suggested social media messaging, fast facts, key statistics, and shareable visuals and graphics, and links to more information on DACA.

JFS Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune

In this op-ed published on June 19, 2020, JFS CEO Michael Hopkins with Ellen J. Neufeldt, President of California State University San Marcos, discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to protect DACA recipients and how critically important it is that Congress takes action now to provide permanent safety, protection, and a pathway towards citizenship.


And on a personal note to Dreamers: We stand with you and we are here for you. At Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos, you are valuable members of our communities. You have taught us what resilience, hope, and perseverance truly look like. You show up for this country every single day, and we will continue to do the same for you. We are in this together.”


Please click here to read the full Op-Ed

Dreamers Fast Facts

  • As of 2018, there were an estimated 1.8 million Dreamers in the U.S., most entered the U.S. before the age of 6 years old.
  • There are nearly 700,000 DACA recipients across the U.S. They live in every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and on military bases.
  • DACA protects hundreds of thousands of hardworking people – including innovators at top companies, approximately 29,000 healthcare workers currently fighting COVID-19, and teachers educating our children.
  • Dreamers are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19; they are essential workers in our hospitals, grocery stores, fields, supply chains, and so much more. Despite the uncertainty, they’re still giving back to the only country many of them have ever called home.
  • The average length of time a DACA recipient has lived in the U.S. is 20 years.
  • DACA recipients and their families pay approximately $5.7 billion in federal taxes and $3.1 billion in state and local taxes — that’s nearly $9 billion that supports communities across America. Ending DACA would risk up to $460.3 billion in losses to the American economy over the next decade.
  • Nearly 1.5 million people share a home with a DACA recipient, including more than 250,000 children born in the United States.
  • Polling consistently shows that DACA enjoys overwhelming popular support.

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#EnSolidaridadConDreamers

#DefendDACA

#HeretoStay

#HomeIsHere

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Nearly 1.5 million people share a home with a DACA recipient, including more than 250,000 children born in the United States.

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The average length of time a DACA recipient has lived in the United States is 20 years.

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Ending DACA would risk up to $460 billion in losses to the United States economy over the next decade.

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29,000 Healthcare workers rely on DACA protections to be able to provide critical care to communities across the United States.

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