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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.

 

Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

Nov. 11 Forum: The Criminalization of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

“Despite the abundance of evidence that immigration is not linked to higher crime rates, and that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than the native-born, many U.S. policymakers succumb to their fears and prejudices about what they imagine immigrants to be. As a result, far too many immigration policies… are criminalizing an ever broadening swath of the immigrant population by applying a double standard when it comes to the consequences for criminal behavior.”
-American Immigration Council

Learn what’s driving these trends and the impact on local communities at “The Criminalization of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement: Implications for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.” The panel is 4–6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 in LECJEC room 112, Brooklyn Park.

The moderated panel discussion includes John C. Keller, executive director, Immigrant Law Center, Mai Neng Moua, attorney at law, and Rosario de la Torre, advocacy manager, Casa de Esperanza.

The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship will coordinate car-pooling from the Saint Paul campus to Brooklyn Park and back. If you can provide or need a ride contact community.engagement@metrostate.edu. Continue reading Nov. 11 Forum: The Criminalization of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement