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. Numerous students dropped out of school and were left behind in 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 students. Since then, this group founded ADAC, whose members have stepped into the public domain and announced their status as, “Undocumented and Unafraid”.
In 2018, Arizona had 78.8% of public high school students graduate. Prop 300 is requiring Arizona students seeking in-state tuition to verify immigration status which is limiting many undocumeneted students an opportunity for higher education.
About 25,162 migrant children and adults are being held in detention centers where they are subjected to drastic conditions despite the high risk of COVID-19 contamination.
Immigration Detention & Enforcement
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant ‘Dreamers’ and undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, but the legislation has been stuck in the U.S. Senate as of September 2021.
DACA Is Not Enough
Millions of immigrant families were left out of legislative relief leaving many unemployed and struggling during the pandemic
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote educational success of immigrant youth, increase civic engagement, integrate immigrants into Arizona’s economy to the fullest extent possible and advocate for immigrant rights.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) 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.