What does Dreamer mean?

Someone who is safeguarded by DACA

A Dreamer is a term used to describe an undocumented immigrant who is shielded by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This phrase comes from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Although this act was brought up in 2001, it didn’t get passed in Congress.

People started using the term widely in 2012. This happened when the DACA program was created by the administration of President Obama. The idea behind the program was to allow children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the USA. To be considered a Dreamer, they needed to have come to the USA before turning 16 and should have been living in the USA non-stop since June 2007.

The term became a hot topic in September 2017. This is when President Trump declared his intention to end the program. His decision raised concerns about the fate of the 787,580 Dreamers who could be sent back to their home countries.

Example for using ‘Dreamer’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about the Dreamers?

Yeah, they’re undocumented immigrants protected under DACA, right? πŸ€”

Exactly! They were brought to the USA as children and now they have a chance to stay legally. πŸ™Œ

That’s awesome! But I heard there’s been some talk about ending the program. 😒