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 (as of December 17th, 2020)
State of DACA:
For the moment all renewals are open and there have been no changes to the program. The Supreme Court will likely issue an order between April and June deciding the fate of the program. It is unclear as to what that will be, or how it will impact current holders.
Current ICE Reinforcement:
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
DACA & Undocumented Student Toolkit at UW-Milwaukee