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 July 16th, 2021):
“On July 16, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held that the DACA policy “is illegal.” The Court granted summary judgment on plaintiffs’ Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claims; vacated the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum issued by former Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano; remanded the memorandum to DHS for further consideration; and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the government’s continued administration of DACA and the reimplementation of DACA without compliance with the APA. The Court, however, temporarily stayed its order vacating the DACA memorandum and its injunction with regard to individuals who obtained DACA on or before July 16, 2021, including those with renewal requests.

Taken from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website (https://www.uscis.gov/DACA).

Consistent with this order (PDF, 401.59 KB), DHS will continue to accept the filing of both initial and renewal DACA requests, as well as accompanying requests for employment authorization. However, pursuant to the July 16, 2021 order from the Southern District of Texas, DHS is prohibited from granting initial DACA requests and accompanying requests for employment authorization. Also consistent with that order, DHS will continue to grant or deny renewal DACA requests, according to existing policy.”

Current ICE Reinforcement (as of December 17th, 2020):
ICE has suspended most interior enforcement, restricting their operations to individuals with more “serious” criminal grounds (ACLU press-release). It is unclear how this is playing out in practice, but likely less risk of individuals being detained unless they have felonies or more serious misdemeanor convictions. Deportation hearings have been suspended for all non-detained individuals at the immigration courts, but detained individuals are still being deported every day.

Information was provided by Kevin Layde, Immigration lawyer of Ladye & Parra S.C

Resources for DACA & Undocumented Students

Resources for Undoc

DACA & Undocumented Student Toolkit at UW-Milwaukee

Undocu Student Toolkit

United We Dream Guides & Toolkits

Funding Resources