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.