‘AmericanDreamLand’ Is the Discord Server Where Dreamers Are Organizing After the End of DACA
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration was rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that shielded some 800,000 undocumented Americans brought to the country as children from being deported. Thousands of recipients, referred to as Dreamers, protested the announcement in the streets, while others convened online in a dedicated Discord server to share their fears and discuss what to do next. Soon, pro-Trump trolls followed them there.
The DACA Discord server, nicknamed AmericanDreamLand, was originally created last year by user O.A.D, but the channel has exploded in popularity since news reports began circulating in August that Trump might soon fulfill his campaign promise to end DACA. “The room grew from 50 members to over 600 in 1 week,” O.A.D told us in a Discord direct message. The server now has nearly 700 members.
AmericanDreamLand has become a place for DACA recipients and their family and friends to gather information and talk about the anxiety that comes with learning you could lose the right to live in the country you call home. Dreamers are a relatively small portion of the estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, and are spread out across the country—many have never talked to fellow DACA recipients in person.