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FL Dream Announces DACA Grants for Undocumented Youth

South Florida groups announce $465 grants for Deferred Action applicants 

WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Friday Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Florida International University, Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
11200 SW 8th Street RDB Miami, FL 33199

Miami, FL- On Friday, February 22, 2013 at Florida International University, Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall Law School, FL Dream, a coalition of organizations led by undocumented students from Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), in collaboration with the Immigration Law Clinic from the Florida International University College of Law, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, DAD, DREAMERs’ Moms and other organizations, will be unveiling our next phase in the campaign to help low-income undocumented youth with their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application. 50 individuals will be chosen from an application process to receive a mini grant of $465 to help cover the cost of the DACA fee.

Jose Machado, a Students Working for Equal Rights leader, conducted a study which showed the number one reason why South Florida undocumented youth are not applying for DACA is because of lack of resources. “I’ve been saving since August to be able to request DACA” said one of the participants of the clinic that was held on Feb. 3, at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus. According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are about 140,000 individuals who can request DACA in Florida. The latest USCIS report showed 19,336 individuals have requested DACA in the State of Florida. Further, it showed that USCIS has already approved 199,460.

Carolina Gonzalez, founder of Deferred Action for DREAMers (DAD), was able to secure the first $10,000 from Fragomen Law Global Corporate Immigration Law to start this grant, “The hope is to give out 50 of these grants this year, and help change the lives of 50 young people who are either low-income, excellent students, or have a disability”.

FL DREAM is committed to continuing to support undocumented youth in South FL and will be having clinics in the following location on the following dates:

  • Miami: February 23rd, at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Kendall: March 2nd, at Florida International University, Law Clinic from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Coral Gables: March 30th, at University of Miami, BankUnited Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Pembroke Pines: April 13th, at Abundant Living Ministries from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more information, visit the FL DREAM website at www.fldream.org