Welcome to the Cities for DACA webpage!
The Cities for DACA campaign makes clear that DACA recipients strengthen the social and institutional fabric of our cities by highlighting recipients’ stories and the positive contributions they make to communities across the country, as well as the negative consequences that ending DACA would have nationwide. The campaign also seeks to ensure that DACA recipients and impacted communities have accurate information about the program, and know how to access local and national resources and services.
Resource Guide for DACA Recipients and Impacted Communities
Cities for Action created a toolkit to help keep DACA recipients and impacted communities informed about the current status of the DACA program, light the pathway to resources amid a constantly shifting landscape, and offer tools to both elevate the voices of DACA recipients and impacted community and drive the message that DACA recipients strengthen the social and institutional fabric of the United States.
Updated Toolkit Coming in Fall 2023
In the News
With the aim of uplifting the countless ways DACA recipients strengthen our economies, educate our children, care for our most vulnerable, and enrich the value of what it means to be American, Cities for Action has partnered with local leaders and impacted community members to publish persuasive op-ed testimonials in local and national news outlets.
Chicago Tribune, May 29, 2020 – “Commentary: Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Chicago has led the nation in supporting DACA recipients”
Denver Post, June 22, 2020 – “Coffman: The Supreme Court let Dreamers stay. Now Congress needs to make it permanent”
Houston Business Journal, June 29, 2020 – “Op-ed: Houston mayor explains how Dreamers take care of us during a crisis”
The Salt Lake Tribune, November 27, 2020 – "Erin Mendenhall: America thrives when Dreamers thrive"
El Paso Matters, December 16, 2020 – "Marcelino Serna was a World War I hero. He still has a lot to teach us"
Cambridge Chronicle, December 23, 2020 – "MAYOR OP-ED: It’s time to provide permanent protection for our Dreamers"
The Columbus Dispatch, February 8, 2021 – "Column: DACA residents contribute here, deserve a permanent solution"
Gotham Gazette, February 11, 2021 – "The Health of Our Cities Depends on DACA, and a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers"
The Charlotte Observer, February 24, 2021 – "COVID shows us how America needs Dreamers"
Washington Blade, March 18, 2021 - "For LGBTQ Dreamers, no equality without citizenship"
The Mercury News, April 7, 2021 - "Opinion: DACA recipients have lived in the shadows for far too long"
Cities for DACA Video Series
Check out these personal narratives from DACA Recipients to learn how DACA gave them the opportunity to pursue their dreams and contribute meaningfully to their communities.
Click HERE to view all videos.
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