The fundraising website GoFundMe has recently joined forces with FWD.us in an attempt to make it easier for young Dreamers to renew their DACA memberships. Rob Solomon, GoFundMe’s CEO, is a staunch supporter of DACA, and hopes that this move will encourage more people to make their support known as well.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act provides undocumented individuals–who were brought to the United States as children–with renewable two-year permits that allow them to work and support their families in the only place they’ve ever known as home. The process isn’t a simple one, however–applicants must pass a thorough background check before receiving these benefits, and the application fee is a hefty $495, which can be problematic. Though sites such as GoFundMe can be a useful resource, time is of the essence in these situations. With this new partnership, GoFundMe hopes to streamline the process, so that Dreamers who need the assistance won’t have as long to wait.
With the number of DACA recipients numbering roughly 800,000–and the current administration threatening to strip them of this protection–the importance of timely action can’t be overstated. While opponents might argue that these individuals don’t deserve to be treated as citizens, they’re on American soil through no fault of their own, and have lived here for the majority of their lives. Further, the protection isn’t offered to just anybody; in order to be eligible, Dreamers have to prove that they’re contributing to society in a positive way.
Fortunately, the number of individuals who do support DACA far outstrips the opposition: Studies report that 86 percent of Americans believe that the Dreamers should be granted the opportunity to remain, as they’re helping to make the country a stronger and better place. Thus far, more than $200,000 has been donated to help these individuals pay their processing fees and renew their applications.
Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, is encouraged by the new partnership, and urges Dreamers to take advantage of the opportunity while the current protections are still available. As of this writing, the system remains in place, but there’s far too much uncertainty in today’s political climate to depend on anything for long. GoFundMe’s efforts represent a strong step forward for DACA and its beneficiaries, and for the country as a whole.