Scholars cautioned that the DACA concerns are part of a larger, troubling move against immigrants who are long-time residents of the United States.
While immigration activists have focused on the implications of ending DACA and its political, legal and humanitarian consequences, scholars at a Duke panel Friday cautioned that the DACA concerns were part of a larger, troubling move against immigrants who are long-time residents of the United States.
The symposium organized by the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, “After DACA/Más Allá de DACA: Perspectives from the U.S. and Mexico,” reflected on the future of immigrants who have lived in the United States for years and whose families include members with DACA status or U.S. citizenship.
Jill Anderson, Mellon Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and one of the panelists of the event, is the co-author of the book Los Otros Dreamers (2014), a community-published collection of stories about immigrants’ experience of return and deportation to Mexico from the United States.
“We organized this event in part around the threatened termination of DACA, but also to draw attention to the fact that many people who one would identify as dreamer or DACA recipient have already been deported -- or have returned -- to family members in Mexico or other countries,” Anderson said.