5 Ways to Light It Up for Our Dreamers


Earlier this week, the Supreme Court announced it will not take up an expedited review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals federal court decision. The case is now expected to move through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals via the normal appeals process, which could take several months. This announcement does not change current policy – which is to accept certain DACA renewals but NOT new applications. Find additional information on what the President’s September 2017 rescission of DACA means and its status today.

While the fight for a permanent solution continues in the courts and in Congress, below are five things you can do for our Dreamers right now:

1. Light It Up On Social Media

Join us on Monday, March 5 on Facebook Live as we show our support for Dreamers by lighting up the National Education Association headquarters building in Washington, D.C. Animated butterflies will be projected on the building from dusk until midnight. These butterflies have become a symbol of the immigration movement and mirror NEA’s Dreamers Welcome art. Designed by Faviana Rodriguez, the butterflies represent the beauty and dreams of our immigrant youth.

Here’s how you can participate:

2. Pass School District Safe Zone Resolutions & Policies

All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that results from harsh immigration enforcement. NEA has developed a sample Safe Zone resolution and district policy that can be used as a template or guidance for local school districts. The model resolution contains reassurances for students, procedures for law enforcement, and information and support for families and staff.

Click the image below to view an interactive map showing school districts that have passed or are considering Safe Zone policies:


3. Share These Resources for Educators, Students and Families

All students have a right to enroll in U.S. public schools, regardless of immigration status. Whether you’re an educator, a student or a family member of a Dreamer, it’s important to know your rights, and be aware of the resources and supports available to immigrant families. The NEA, together with Education-Austin, has developed a PowerPoint training for educators that details how we can support immigrant students and their families.

In addition, NEA’s Office of General Counsel has developed a new series of Know Your Rights documents on DACA, immigration & schools, and immigration enforcement. Share these resources with colleagues, students, and families:



4. Share Dreamer Stories: Our Students, Our Neighbors, Our Communities


Dreamers are young, aspiring Americans who deserve every opportunity to learn. They are educators who inspire children each day. They are members of the military. They are our neighbors and friends. They are part of the fabric of our communities. Without the Dream Act, these Americans face deportation.

Together when we organize and share our stories, we know we are not alone and that we are powerful.

Read the stories of Vicente, Gema and other Dreamers at NEAEdJustice.org/dreamers. Share your stories by emailing NEAEdJustice@nea.org


5.   Sign the Pledge to Defend DACA Now 

Join NEA members across the country in standing up and supporting a path forward for these aspiring Dreamers. Demand that Congress pass the Dream Act now.

Sign the pledge and join the effort to defend the future for Dreamers >

Reader Comments

  1. We’ve held two storytelling events that each featured five DREAMers telling a 10 minute story. You can watch them at the links below. If NEA wants to embed or use them just let me know.

    Lalo’s story – beginning as a 10 year old field worker and now a student at UCSC

    Dulce’s story – discovering that home is inside oneself; lessons from big risks

    Karolina’s story – while most teens think of proms and driving, her concerns are about survival

    Angel’s story – a family is torn apart by a deportation

    Valeria’s story – deep grief when a parent dies alone on the other side of the border

    Rafael’s story – an unforgettable hug when he reunites with his mother at age 4

    Sarahi’s Story: a dream to create stability for her mother – and a $100K prize along the way

    Orlando: a graduate of Columbia University, but it’s not enough to ward off hopelessness

    Myriam: an enthusiastic high school student who wonders what others would think of her if they knew what she was dealing with

    Lilly: a plea to an Immigration Officer to listen to the Dreams

    Ever: Doors close, but renewal is found by pushing forward and taking new risks.

  2. I agree with the basic tenet of your argument. However, we have a problem, TODAY, that needs to be solved. Going forward, I agree, beyond the Dreamers, once we help them. I agree that we need to make immigration attainable and that we should vet immigrants.

    1. No group gets more resources than another – those that are here legally, though, don’t have to fear deportation.

    2. Without the Dream Act, these Americans face deportation? No Americans are being deported. If you make it too comfortable, what incentive is there to pursue legal immigration. Adversity is the catalyst to change. Stop changing the rules to the game when people don’t follow them. If I did that in my classroom, there’d be chaos. Make legal immigration attainable. Vet immigrants. Protect the sovereignty of this great nation. You don’t let just anyone in your Home, let alone to stay. And if you did, the whole neighborhood would take advantage. Dream Act sends the wrong message. I am not a Trump supporter. But I do support common sense, fact based decision-making, not emotional and ill-informed decision making. I know that’s not always well received in our profession. Bring on the snowflake trolls I guess.

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