The Road to Deferred Action – Tracing the Story of the DREAM Act

The Deferred Action program, which starts on August 15, is a milestone for DREAMers.  Introduced by the Obama administration in June, the program is aimed at young undocumented immigrants who would be given a path to citizenship under the DREAM Act, a proposal that has repeatedly failed to win congressional approval. Under deferred action, young people can apply to remain in the U.S. legally, but they can’t become citizens.

Since 2009, Feet in 2 Worlds has closely followed the DREAM Act and the people it is intended to help.  We’ve covered the political process, and last year we brought together DREAM activists for a special event at The New School in New York.  We’ve put together a photo gallery of our coverage which tells the story of this latest chapter in the immigrant rights movement.

Check out the gallery below. Each photo links to a story.


Fi2W is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation and the Sirus Fund.

AboutAaron Leaf
Aaron Leaf is a writer, editor, and digital producer based in New York with a special interest in African politics, immigrant diasporas, and the future of cities. Raised in Canada, he has lived on four continents and has written for a wide variety of publications. Recent bylines include Al Jazeera America, The Nation, The Globe and Mail and The Guardian.