The DREAMERS Initiative was launched in summer 2016 to support undocumented students at UWM. This effort includes professional development for campus employees and resources for campus community members. The initiative recognizes dreamers are not monolithic. As a student population in the U.S., there are unique challenges for dreamers, who may be DACA-mented, undocumented, etc.

DREAMERS works closely with the UWM Undocumented Student Task Force and other campus partners such as the Roberto Hernandez Center, Admissions, and Housing and Financial Aid.

Current Updates:

State of DACA (as of October 10th, 2022)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) final rule, which has been posted for public inspection on the Federal Register’s website. The final rule generally codifies existing policies with limited amendments to preserve and fortify DACA. The final rule is effective Oct. 31, 2022.

For more information, see the DHS News Release.

Where are we now?

On Oct. 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on the 2012 Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)policy. The court partially affirmed the district court’s July 2021 decision declaring the 2012 DACA policy unlawful. However, the court of appeals preserved the partial stay issued by the district court in July 2021 and remanded the case back to the district court for further proceedings regarding the new DHS DACA regulation published on Aug. 30, 2022 and scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 31, 2022.

At this time, this ruling does not affect current grants of DACA and related Employment Authorization Documents. Consistent with the court’s order and the ongoing partial stay, we will continue to accept and process renewal DACA requests, accompanying requests for employment authorization, and applications for advance parole for current DACA recipients, and will continue to accept but not process initial DACA requests. Taken from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website(https://www.uscis.gov/DACA).

Resources for DACA & Undocumented Students

Any UWM community members who may have questions regarding DACA or need guidance may sign up for a free legal consultation session (a one-on-one session with an immigration attorney). An appointment is required, and services can be provided in both English and Spanish.

Dates for 2023-2024 will be available soon…….

Disclaimer: The private attorney providing services in this initiative is only here to provide general information to the UWM community and does not represent UWM. Their comments should not be construed as legal advice from UWM. If you need additional assistance from them about your personal situation, please make sure that you understand whether any fees will apply.

For additional support or specific questions, you may contact the following campus resources:

  • First-Generation+ Resource Center | (414) 229-7234 | uwmfirstgen@uwm.edu
  • Roberto Hernandez Center | (414) 229-6156 | rhc@uwm.edu
  • Dean of Students Office | (414) 229-4632 | dos@uwm.edu
  • Undocumented Student Task Force | (414) 229-7234 | (414) 229-6516

Resources for Undoc

DACA & Undocumented Student Toolkit at UW-Milwaukee

Undocu Student Toolkit

United We Dream Guides & Toolkits

Funding Resources