America Forward Stands with DACA Recipients

With a critical deadline approaching, America Forward urges Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement that supports our Dreamers. As a network of our nation’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs, serving communities across our country, we know firsthand that Dreamers play a critical role in strengthening our communities and moving America forward.

We believe in the potential of all young people, without exception. America Forward’s work is grounded in a core belief that today in America, talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. We know that Dreamers are solution makers. Many of those navigating barriers to education and opportunity today are leaders who will create breakthrough solutions that strengthen our communities and increase access to opportunity for the next generation. Dreamers embody the American Dream and our nation is stronger because of them.

Dreamers are making valuable contributions to schools, workplaces, and our nation every day. Our Coalition members such as City Year, KIPP, YouthBuild, and Teach For America unequivocally recognize that Dreamers are thriving students, effective educators, and critical members of our broader workforce. And our Dreamers are among our most visionary and resilient social entrepreneurs contributing to their communities.

To all of the Dreamers associated with America Forward Coalition organizations devoted to improving student achievement in classrooms and improving communities across the nation: We see you. We value you. We stand with you.

Eighty-seven percent of Americans polled agree that Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and our Dreamers cannot wait. Nearly 20,000 of the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients have already lost their protection. We urge Congress to act now to pass a bipartisan agreement that ensures Dreamers can continue to raise their families without fear, teach our students, strengthen our communities and contribute to our economy.

In partnership,

Deborah Smolover

Executive Director, America Forward

Managing Partner, New Profit

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