Event

Two Years of DACA—The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

The State and Local Story

About

On the second anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this event brought together experts to discuss the role of states and localities in implementing DACA, its impact in key metropolitan areas, and how the public views DACA and immigration in America.

#pewDACA

Speakers included:

  • Adam Hunter (moderator)—director, immigration and the states project, The Pew Charitable Trusts (@amhindc)
  • Michele Waslin, manager, immigration and the states project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Amalia Rioja, deputy chief of staff, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois
  • Audrey Singer, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution (@audsinger)
  • Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research, The Pew Research Center (@mhugolopez and @pewhispanic)

Since being implemented on Aug. 15, 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 600,000 unauthorized young immigrants to live and work legally in the United States. While DACA provides a two-year protection from deportation, it does not provide legal status or a pathway to citizenship. The federal government administers DACA, but states and localities have responded to the program in different ways. That has led to differing experiences and outcomes for individuals approved for DACA.

Video Highlights


Michele Waslin Discusses "Immigration and Legalization: Roles and Responsibilities of States and Localities"


Amalia Rioja Discusses "The Illinois Experience"


Audrey Singer Discusses "Two Years of DACA Implementation: Learning from the Metro Experience"


"Marc Hugo Lopez Discusses Public Opinion and Immigration"

Agenda


Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

1:30–2 p.m.
Registration and refreshments

2–2:05
Welcome: Susan Urahn, executive vice president, The Pew Charitable Trusts

2:05–2:10
Introductions: Adam Hunter, moderator and director, immigration and the states project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

2:10–2:20
Michele Waslin, manager, immigration and the states project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

2:20–2:30
Amalia Rioja, deputy chief of staff, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois

2:30–2:40
Audrey Singer, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

2:40–2:50.
Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research, The Pew Research Center

2:50–3:30
Discussion

Event Details

Date:
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Time:
2-3:30 p.m.

Location:
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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