This summer we had two talented Rainier Scholars working with us. Part of what they did was create this timely video to describe the DREAM Act and what its implementation would mean for tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as infants or children.
Their video comes at an important time. Today is the first day when qualified young undocumented immigrants can apply for a “deferred action” waiver from deportation. The exemption lasts for two years, with possible renewal, and allows recipients to legally seek a work permit. The new White House policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), may be a step toward passing the DREAM Act.