In the midst of the on-going political debate regarding the termination of DACA and the uncertain legal state of Dreamers, lies the suspension of a little-known immigration provision called Advance Parole, which has caused an unacknowledged humanitarian crisis for many Dreamers and their families ever since the DACA program was originally rescinded. In the past, DACA recipients were allowed to take short trips abroad for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes. This is how The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) took 160 Dreamers to study in Mexico since 2014, but this immigration provision is no longer availalbe to DACA recipients and the consequences have been devastating.
The CMSC is committed to educate about, and advocate for the reinstatement of the Advance Parole provision for DACA recipients.
Aside from taking over 160 Dreamers to study in Mexico as part of our unique California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program for DACA recipients, the CMSC has a long history of projects and programs that have helped create awareness about this issue, including the production of a documentary about the issue, a theater play reflecting the experiences of previous California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program participants, and a short video series entitled Advance Parole Voices.
LAUNCHING OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
As of January 2019, our campaign efforts moved to the national level, after our advocacy efforts motivated Congress members Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Nanette Barragán (CA-44) to lead a coalition of 14 Members of Congress on a letter urging Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to restore the ability of DACA recipients to travel abroad with an Advance Parole authorization. A letter in which our California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program is used as a sample case.
Thereafter, in the week of January 15-18, 2019, the CMSC took a delegation of 20 DACA recipients from across the country to Washington D.C. to mobilize increased congressional support, and meet with numerous legislators to secure additional signatures in support of the campaign and their commitment to advocate for DACA’s Advance Parole restoration.
Through several advocacy activities, we brought about an unprecedented awareness on the importance for the restoration of Advance Parole for DACA recipients, solidified a network of Dreamers and support organizations, and returned energized with an action plan for the rest of the year
Now, we plan to return to Washigton D.C. with a delegation of 50 Dreamers for a legislative hearing on the importance of Advance Parole for DACA recipients during spring 2019.
This is the CMSC's most significant effort to restore Advance Parole for DACA recipients to date. BUT WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION!
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to defray the travel cost for 50 Dreamers, that will participate in the Spring delegation at $500 each. This will allow funding to cover room and meals for about 50 Dreamers from various states that will join us in D.C. to advocate for Advance Parole with members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
Any donation and financial support will help us continue to advocate for the reinstatement of Advance Parole and cover campaign costs. Your support is greatly appreciated!