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Sept. 28: “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” forum

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the DHS Secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will terminate the DACA program. The Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications (i.e., from people who don’t already have DACA protection). People who already have DACA protection and whose work permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for a two-year renewal if they apply by Oct. 5, 2017.

Metropolitan State will host a public forum about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)  4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Library and Learning Center, 645 E 7th St., room 301,  Ecolab.

Five panelists will lead a discussion and answer questions about the decisions and procedures supporting termination of the DACA program.  This forum is designed to be a setting for respective, civil discourse about what termination of the DACA program will mean to our students, our institution, and our community.

Panelists scheduled to attend this event include:

  • Emilia González, executive director of Navigate Minnesota
  • Dr. René Antrop-González, dean of the School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
  • John Keller, executive director of the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota
  • State Rep. Carlos Mariani, Saint Paul, District 65B
  • Deputy Consul Julio César Martínez, Consulate of Mexico

The panel will be moderated by Maureen Acosta, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Metropolitan State University.

 

Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.

AGENDA:

  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.