French Montana, the hitmaker behind chart-topping track “Unforgettable,” feels a strong sense of duty to the DREAMers, following the Justice Department’s plan to terminate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last September, which protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported. To raise awareness, the artist has teamed up with MTV and the nonprofit organization Get Schooled for “We Are the Dream,” a campaign that seeks to keep undocumented immigrants, currently enrolled in educational institutions in the U.S., in school.
“I am one of tens of thousands of first-and-second-generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States,” the rapper told Rolling Stone. “I am excited to lead others in this fight to ensure Dreamers connect with support they need to get to college and make their American Dream come true.”
The nonprofit has launched a website with resources for undocumented students and their families, including scholarship information, inspiring real-life stories and more. The initiative is also donating several $1,000 grants to schools and organizations advocating on behalf of undocumented students. The deadline to submit a grant application is February 28.
French Montana will continue using his massive platform to urge fans to bring awareness to the cause by posting selfies on social media using the hashtag #WeAreTheDream, which has already amassed over 1.5k posts on Instagram.
The rapper joins a growing roster of celebrities who have used their influence to stand up for DACA, including Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Gina Rodriguez, who is currently working on two timely television pilots centered on Latino immigrants.