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Sign up to stay informed on the latest news and new developments on access to higher education for immigrant youth. Every year, states around the country discuss laws that affect undocumented student’s access to higher education. Stay informed and use your voice. 

Did you know that by a Supreme Court ruling, all children, no matter their legal status have a right to a K-12 education? Our communities have made investments in the lives of our immigrant youth, teachers have spent time nurturing and educating them and the youth have worked hard to obtain their high school diploma. Not allowing these students to pursuit their dream of a college degree is a colossal waste to our country. 

Undocumented students live in all 50 states. Stay informed.  Below are key facts about some of the states TheDream.US is in. 


Arizona is home to 52,000 eligible DACA DREAMers 

  • In May 2015, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that undocumented students with DACA are allowed to pay lower tuition rate under AZ law. 
  • TheDream.US in 2015, urged the Board of Regents to consider the benefits of allowing its youth with DACA access to higher education
  • On May 7, 2015, the Arizona Board of Regents voted unanimously to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to pay the resident tuition rate at Arizona’s public universities. 


Florida is home to 102,000 eligible DACA DREAMers   


Texas is home to 271,000 eligible DACA DREAMers.

  • In July 2014, TheDream.US co-founder Amanda Bennett and Carlos Gutierrez wrote an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News.
  • Texas was the first state to provide in-state tuition to undocumented students.   
  • The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) noted that in 2010, students enrolled under the Texas DREAM Act paid $32.7 million in total tuition and fees.  

Employment Rights & Information

Our immigration laws are complex and we understand that employers without the right information might be reticent to hire someone with DACA or TPS. But active DACA and TPS status allows recipients to obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) to work legally in the U.S. In fact, it is unlawful to deny a DACA or TPS recipient employment based on their immigration status.

According to, 91% of DACA recipients – or roughly 700,000 individuals – are currently working and 18 of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies have DREAMers in their workforces.

If you are interested in learning more about hiring practices or your rights as an EAD holder, please take some time to read the following blogs first featured on the ALPFA newsletters.

The Potential of the DACA/TPS Workforce for Employers 

How DACA/TPS Holders Can Navigate the Hiring Process 

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