|Press Release- For Immediate Release
DACA’s 2nd Anniversary
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition Educated the Community about the Deferred Action Renewal Process.
Phoenix, Arizona- This past Saturday the Arizona Dream Act Coalition celebrated the second anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by educating the community about the renewal process. Four renewal information sessions were held throughout the day with the help of immigration attorneys and advocates Ezequiel Hernandez and Jose Penalosa.
The sessions were held at Stratus Event Center where the community celebrated this small victory by cutting a cake and singing happy birthday. Furthermore, the community shared their experiences since receiving Deferred Action, and expressed their discontent with the political leadership in furthering the immigration debate.
“The two year anniversary of DACA is a wonderful stepping stone for students and I am grateful for that opportunity,” stated Lili Canedo, Vice-President of The Arizona Dream Act Coalition. “Sadly, we still struggle with several issues such as being able to pay in-state tuition and being able to get a driver’s license. I would like to see what is being done for DACA students at the Maricopa Community Colleges be applied equally throughout the state so that students can pay instate tuition at all levels of education” concluded Canedo.”
Since the release of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, about 521, 747 youth have been approved according to a recent article by Colorlines. Meanwhile, No Dream Deferred, a program of the Arizona Dream Act coalition is preparing for the awaited “DACA Renewal Summer,” the continuation of workshops to provide the community with the latest DACA information as well as assistance through the renewal process.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition is the largest immigrant youth led organization in the state of Arizona. Our mission is to have a nation of fully educated and integrated immigrant youth.