Ending DACA Would Have Wide-Ranging Effects but Immigrant Youth are Fired Up and Politically Engaged

Tom K. Wong, Sanaa Abrar, Tom Jawetz, Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Patrick O’Shea, Greisa Martinez Rosas, and Philip E. Wolgin DACA, Dream Act, Research, Tools

Since it was first announced on June 15, 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has provided work authorization and temporary relief from deportation to approximately 822,000 undocumented young people across the United States. From July 16 to August 7, 2018, Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego; United We Dream; the National Immigration Law …

Report: The Real Impact of Immigration Raids

Zenén Jaimes Pérez Research, Tools

Two days before Christmas 2015, the Washington Post leaked news that President Obama’s administration was finalizing plans to conduct harsh enforcement tactics to apprehend and deport refugee families that have been ordered removed by a judge. The nationwide raids, carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would mainly target families who have fled violence in Central America. More …

Report: Experiences of Discrimination Among the LGBTQ Immigrant Community

Zenén Jaimes Pérez Research, Tools

In November 2015, voters in the city of Houston, Texas voted down the city-council-approved Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by a margin of 60.9 percent to 30.1 percent. The defeat of the ordinance, meant to protect city residents from discrimination in employment and other services based on factors including sexual orientation and gender identity, proved to be a stunning defeat …

Report: A Portrait of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients

Zenén Jaimes Pérez Research, Tools

On August 15, 2012, undocumented youth began the process of applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was announced by President Barack Obama just three months prior. Since then, DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant youth to apply for temporary deferrals of deportations and work permits. Three years later, immigrant youth and their …