Do you know a Dreamer? Are you one yourself?
In 2012, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing young undocumented immigrants (sometimes called Dreamers) to temporarily work and attend college without fear of deportation. In September 2017, President Trump announced that the program would be terminated, putting 780,000 people at risk. After nearly a year of legal challenges and attempts at legislative solutions, these young people still face an uncertain future.
As of January 2018, there were 15,430 DACA recipients in Colorado, 66% of an estimated 23,000 eligible residents. They contributed $34 million in state and local taxes in 2016, and if their status is terminated, Colorado would lose about $857 million in annual GDP.
Colorado's Dreamers are teachers, nurses, and artists. They are college students, parents, and community advocates. In the short documentary "Dreamers," by Dick Alweis, five DACA participants share their stories: how they came to be in the United States, all they have accomplished, and what it will mean to them and their communities if their status is revoked. Viewers will come away with a better understanding of the unique and challenging situation faced by these exceptional young people who might soon lose the only home they've ever known.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library invite you to a special screening of "Dreamers," Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. The DACA recipients featured in the film will be there to answer questions after the screening.
Please join us at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake location, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., to take part in this community event. And share your own story with us in the comments!