Three courageous, perseverant Dreamers and a knowledgeable, compassionate immigration lawyer share stories of experiences as DACA recipients and their families and answer questions regarding the present atmosphere surrounding immigration policy.  Simultaneously highly informative, eye-opening and heart-breaking, this conversation will inspire and challenge you to be an advocate for Dreamers.    And if you just want to understand the immigration issue better, this podcast is for you.  

The second half of the episode is dedicated to answering specific questions written by DACA recipients from IN DIA (Indiana Dreamers in Action) concerned about their future and that of their families.  Around 52 minutes into the broadcast we begin addressing these questions.  If you or someone you know and love is a DACA recipient and could really use information regarding how to maneuver this difficult climate, when DACA was supposed to have expired and threats of arrest, detainment, deportation and separation from families looms, please point them to the second half of this podcast and pass the following information on to them…

Because there are some who use vulnerable populations like immigrant families for personal gain, please make sure, when seeking legal counsel, to find a licensed attorney or BIA accredited representative who practices immigration law.  Here are sites to identify these licensed individuals:

Indiana State Bar https://courtapps.in.gov/rollofattorneys

BIA Accredited Representatives Directory: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/recognized-organizations-and-accredited-representatives-roster-state-and-city

One important way for DACA families to prepare in this difficult climate and provide some peace of mind is to gather all the important information required by immigration officials.  The following site provides details about the Family Preparedness Plan:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s Family Preparedness Plan: https://www.ilrc.org/family-preparedness-plan

What can I do as a citizen to advocate for DACA recipients and their families?

  • Show up at rallies where people are fighting for Dreamers.
  • Write letters to Congressmen and women and call representatives, asking them to prioritize a clean Dream act.
  • Give to and/or volunteer for organizations that are helping immigrant families.
  • Get involved and advocate for members of the community who are arrested or detained.
  • Talk with DACA recipients and their families; get to know them and encourage them personally.

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