REDWOOD CITY, CA – Dreamers are young, patriotic people who are American in every sense but on paper. They strengthen our workforce, study in our schools, serve in our armed forces, and enrich our communities. Despite living nearly their entire lives in the United States, they are under threat of losing their protected status and could face deportation to countries they barely remember.
After passing a rigorous background check, roughly 800,000 promising young people have received renewable two-year permits to live in the United States while they work, study, and support their families. These Dreamers’ applications must be renewed every two years to retain the important protections against deportation. Dreamers are — for the moment — able to renew their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) protections.
Today, GoFundMe and FWD.us launched a new centralized hub enabling Dreamers to quickly start a GoFundMe to pay the $495 DACA renewal application fee. This hub will also allow GoFundMe donors to take action, support these important campaigns, and protect Dreamers from the threat of deportation.
“Immigrants are the lifeblood of this country. We draw strength from past generations who arrived on our shores in search of a better life, and we grow stronger with the contributions of the next generation of immigrants. Dreamers, who were brought here by their parents as children, are in search of that same American dream,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “We’re proud to stand up for Dreamers all across this country, and I encourage everyone to take action and support for the talented young people who call this country home.”
“Dreamers are Americans in every way except on paper, and 86% of Americans agree that Dreamers deserve permanent protections here in the only country they know as home,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte. “We are very proud of this new partnership with GoFundMe and we thank them for their ardent support in order to provide additional support to Dreamers during such a critical time. Given the uncertainty in the courts, we strongly encourage all Dreamers who are eligible to renew their DACA to contact a lawyer and pursue a renewal immediately – and to use tools like the GoFundMe DACA Hub to assist them in raising necessary funds.”
Tens of thousands of people from all across the country have already donated over $200,000 to help Dreamers renew their applications. Find a campaign, take action, help protect America’s Dreamers. To view the page, please visit gofundme.com/DACA.