THE ARIZONA DREAM ACT COALITION IS AN IMMIGRANT YOUTH-LED ORGANIZATION FOCUSING ON THE FIGHT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS.
In 2006 Arizona passed Proposition 300, requiring undocumented youth to pay out-of-state tuition to attend college and made them ineligible to receive merit-based public scholarships. Prop 300 was the first law targeted at immigrant students. Many students dropped out of school and went deeper into the shadows. Yet, a small group of students from Arizona State University began a support group in which they were able to embrace their stories as immigrant youth. This group was the founder of the ADAC, whose members have long ago stepped out of the shadows and announced their status as “Undocumented and Unafraid.
Our mission is to empower immigrant parents and youth, and to promote civic engagement to achieve equality of academic opportunities in the immigrant community of Arizona.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition envisions a world where our undocumented immigrant community along with its inter-sectional communities can live, work and attain access to education with dignity, justice and without fear of political persecution.
It is the mission of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to advocate for the rights of our undocumented immigrant communities socially & politically by organizing and mobilizing our constituency through the development and fostering of Arizona leaders, promoting civic engagement, promoting the attainment and equal access of higher education for immigrant youth, strengthening relationships with diverse inter-sectional communities and providing services that advance the integration of our families.