Support for Hawaii’s DACA Youth

October 2, 2015 11:06 am
by David Jakeman

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and Hawaii is one state that represents that diversity at an impressive level. But life is not easy for young immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. Fortunately, there is help, and many in Hawaii are reaching out to make sure these young people are protected.

Hawaii’s DACA Youth

Hawaii immigration attorneys are probably aware of the organizations that are helping young immigrants in Hawaii: the Hawaii Community Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy. The two groups joined forces to provide funding to help young undocumented immigrants on Hawaii. The funding they have pooled together will be used for grants that facilitate aid to the number of undocumented immigrant children.

The grant money for the first year came to total of $150,000, and it was handed out to five Hawaiian nonprofits. The fund created to help the undocumented youth is called the HCF Dream Fund. The money will go towards these organizations that are working to promote a Hawaii Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Outreach Program. The work builds on the federal DACA program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country by their parents to stay in the country without running the risk of deportation and allowing them to work.

One Immigrant Support Group

One group to receive funds from the HCF Dream Fund— the Aloha Dream Team—is excited about what the donations will facilitate. The group’s organizer says it’s an honor to work with the program and the other recipients in order to enhance their ability to reach out to the immigrant community and educate them about the possibilities of DACA relief.

For many involved, the work is personal. They themselves have been recipients of relief from DACA, or they have friends or family members who have benefited from the program. Being able to work without fear of deportation has strengthened their personal lives as well as their communities.

The different organizations help immigrants who come from all over the world. Given Hawaii’s location in the Pacific, it’s not surprising to see what countries many of the immigrants come from. The Philippines, Samoa, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Micronesia are all countries where immigrants have come from that are finding support from these organizations.1 Waikoloa immigration attorneys understand that it’s not just the legal professionals who serve as important supporters of new immigrants to this country. Local and community organizations are critical in this endeavor.


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