Through LGBTDREAMersStories.com, several grant recipients share their journeys, hoping others will see them for the courageous and talented people that they are—ultimately gaining their support to fix the nation’s fractured immigration policy by creating a pathway to citizenship for them and others.
About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
In August 2012, President Obama announced a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows young people who came to the country as children to apply for relief from deportation and for two-year renewable work permits
The program will help thousands of people who only know America as their homes—where they’ve grown up, where they’ve become active members of their communities, and where they want nothing more than a chance to give back to the place that is a part of them.
These young people are known as DREAMers, named after the DREAM Act—the stalled federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for those who came to America as children. Without DACA approval, they cannot obtain lawful employment because of their status as undocumented immigrants.
About the LGBT DREAMers Fund
In October 2012, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center created the “LGBT DREAMers Fund to help young LGBT undocumented immigrants pay for costly DACA applications fees of nearly $470 each.
Launched with a challenge grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, more than 60 LGBT organizations and individual donors from across the country contributed to the fund, initially raising $75,000 to help nearly 160 people pay for their DACA applications.
The fund has reopened as a result of new donations tallying $25,000 from LGBT organizations and donors following President Obama’s historic announcement that he’s committed to immigration reform.
Grants will be available to 40 more LGBT undocumented immigrants. The fund is now accepting applications.
Apply for a Grant
LGBT undocumented immigrants in need of funds for DACA applications can apply for grants from the LGBT DREAMers Fund at www.LibertyHill.org/LGBTDREAMersFund.