From DREAMers to Achievers: Defending DACA

At the Chelsea Collaborative, we work closely with many young immigrants, or “DREAMers” who who have found stability and legal status in this country under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. We invest in our young people to help them achieve their goals and recognize the tremendous potential they hold as our future leaders. Many DREAMers have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S. and are coming of age, giving back to their communities, achieving educational and professional success, and truly seeing the “American Dream” come to life. 
 
After the news in 2017 that the Trump Administration would end DACA by March 5, 2018, the Collaborative has mobilized to fight back against this cruel and shortsighted decision. More than 500 people attended our three legal clinics hosted in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services and Chelsea High School. We have also mobilized our community to advocate for DACA to be extended beyond March and we have asked the Chelsea City Council to introduce a new city ordinance to offer DREAMers protections at the local level. We are also working on a similar initiative at the state level coordinated with other immigrant rights groups. Finally, we are actively supporting Massachusetts’ role in a multi-state lawsuit filed against the Trump Administration and are preparing to go to court to challenge the decision to end DACA.
 
“We started in this country as DREAMers, but now we've achieved something. Now what we should be called is 'Achievers.' We are here. We are no longer the unknown. We are the workers of America.” 
ERICK DEBLAS
DREAMer & Community Organizer