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Asylum & Immigration

Policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

STATUS: Victory, Federal

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to allow undocumented young people who came to the United States as children—commonly known as “DREAMers”—to apply for work permits and relief from deportation.

While this announcement presented a life-changing opportunity for LGBT DREAMers, it also carried $465 in fees in order to qualify. This posed steep hurdles for many DREAMers because neither they nor their parents had been able to obtain lawful employment due to their undocumented status. This was compounded for LGBT DREAMers who also face significant employment discrimination based on their LGBT status.

In order to make this program accessible for as many LGBT young people as possible, NCLR collaborated with the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, and many generous contributors to create the LGBT DREAMers Fund at the Liberty Hill Foundation to help LGBT undocumented young people cover the $465 fees required to apply for relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The fund raised $100,000 and was able to assist nearly 200 DREAMers.

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