Wednesday Lunch Hour - Supporting Undocumented Post-Secondary Students in the Trump Era

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act has received extensive attention over the last few years. This attention is particularly salient within institutions of higher education and within the current political climate.  In June 2012, the Department of Homeland Security implemented the policy which permitted eligibility to undocumented individuals pending they met several rigorous requirements. The executive order allowed thousands of young undocumented individuals, who were brought to the United States as Children, to receive a renewable two-year work permit.  Many of the DACA recipients (97%) used their status to obtain driver’s license and to pursue higher education and join military service.   However, President Trump has decided to repeal DACA, so the 800,000 young adults who have benefited from this program will lose their jobs, drivers’ licenses and once again be faced with the reality of deportation.  Facilitators will discuss what DACA means to the DACAmented /Undocumented student population and share a service model that has been successful at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Presented by Kevin Graham & Bryan Gopaul, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership.

A light lunch will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program starts promptly at noon.

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