June 18, 2024

HACU Applauds Biden-Harris Administration for Streamlining Legal Status for Dreamers and Mixed-Status Households

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities applauds the Biden-Harris Administration's recent actions aimed at providing protections to Dreamers and mixed-status households. The announcement offers eligible Dreamers the opportunity to gain legal status, fill critical workforce needs, and continue to contribute their talents in the U.S.

The announcement also includes protections for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens, allowing them to stay in the U.S., obtain work permits, and apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship without facing re-entry bars. This policy will provide stability and opportunities for mixed-status families to stay together.

“HACU applauds the Biden-Harris Administration's critical step forward in empowering Dreamers so they can continue to contribute to our nation's economy and workforce,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Dreamers are essential to the U.S. economy and are pivotal in overcoming current and future workforce challenges. As a nation, we must harness the skills and energy of all Dreamers, many of whom attend Hispanic-Serving Institutions, to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader.”

Many DACA recipients are employed nationwide, with over 400,000 Dreamers enrolled in higher education, pursuing careers in STEM, healthcare, and education. Despite their qualifications, Dreamers often face challenges such as three- and ten-year bars incurred when leaving the U.S. for visa processing. Updating guidance to facilitate access to D-3 waivers is essential for creating accessible employment pathways, benefiting both Dreamers and our economy.

This announcement expands opportunities for Dreamers who only know the U.S as their home and are already contributing to our economy and communities. It will open pathways for college-educated Dreamers to update their status, addressing urgent workforce needs and benefiting communities and employers nationwide.