New Mexico Dreamers in Action is an immigrant-student-led organization that advocates for immigrant students and families in the state. Since 2011, NMDIA has encouraged immigrant students to take advantage of opportunities such as higher education access and immigrant rights.
NMDIA is mainly composed of children of immigrants and young immigrants who are undocumented or have been undocumented—individuals who have been directly affected by a broken immigration system. They have joined to fight for themselves, their families and communities.
Soon after the 2016 election, NMDIA met with Santa Fe Public School officials to request a safe space for immigrant students to gather, relax and have fun playing soccer, while learning about the new political landscape and how to protect their rights.
In 2017, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) was revoked, and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) was not implemented. A Texas judge had issued a temporary injunction in 2015, preventing the program from going into effect while a lawsuit proceeded. The U.S. Supreme Court came to a 4-4 split decision in June 2016, effectively leaving the block in place.
In New Mexico there are approximately 7,000 undocumented immigrants who were covered by DACA. In December 2017, about 300 young immigrants in the state joined the fight for the Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship without additional border security, without a wall, and without more attacks on immigrant youths and their families.
NMDIA is the Santa Fe chapter of the New Mexico Dream Team, which is an affiliate of United We Dream. At a national level, United We Dream has pushed for policies such as DACA and DAPA. The group has also fought against what it considers a racist, anti-immigrant law, SB4. To address obstacles faced by immigrant youth, it is now fighting for the Dream Act. Its goal is “justice for all immigrants.” For more information, visit the Facebook Page: New Mexico Dreamers In Action NMDIA or http://nmdia.org/
NMDIA Co-Leader Hugo Medina
Medina, a native of México City, has lived in Santa Fe since 2000. He is currently attending Santa Fe Community College, working toward obtaining associate’s degrees in accounting and businesses administration. Medina is a “Dreamer” and a DACA recipient.
NMDIA Co-Leader Isabel De Santiago
De Santiago is from San Antonio, Texas. She has lived in New Mexico since 1997. Her parents are from Torreón and Durango, México. She is working towards her bachelor’s degree in social work at New Mexico Highlands University.