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Moving Beyond DACA and DAPA: What's Possible for DREAMers Now?

November 1, 2017 12:10pm
Rm. 118

Since 2001, Congress has introduced various versions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that would give temporary authorized status to approximately 1.9 million individuals who came to this country as minors. Congress has failed to pass every version.

In 2012, President Obama passed the Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to give temporary protection against deportation for DREAMers by providing limited status to those in school or the military, While approximately 800,000 individuals obtained DACA, its existence and efforts to expand protections have been met with fierce opposition. Recently, Attorney General Sessions announced a plan to phase out DACA and called for Congress to act. Since then, litigation has ensued, confusion has arisen, and various versions of bills have been created to address the future of DREAMers. As a result, questions arise as to what
is next for DREAMers and what is being done now about their future. This panel begins that discussion.



  • Julie Arostegui LeMaster, Attorney & Executive Director, Immigrant and Refugee Law Center
  • Priscilla Ayala, Asst. Director, Office of Ethnic Programs and Services, UC
  • Jose Cabrera, Immigration Program Organizer, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Xavier Univ., DACA recipient
  • M. Isabel Johnston, UC Law 1L student, DACA recipient
  • Laura Mendez Ortiz, president, Latinos En Accion, UC, DACA recipient
  • Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, Director, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Assoc. Prof. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Moderator: Prof. Yolana Vazquez, UC Law

This program is sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, the American Constitution Society, UC Law Women, APALSA, LLSA.

Food will be provided.