Immigrant Rights Group Hosts Virtual Panel on the Future of DACA

A demonstration by United We Dream outside the Supreme Court in November 2019, when the DACA case was heard. UWD photo.

Published November 10, 2020
By Khmer Post USA

Boston, Massachusetts — As results of the United States Presidential election just delivered over the weekend, Massachusetts immigrant group already geared up their advocacy work with anticipation how it will be with the new President Elect Joe Bidden. A virtual panel is being held today to discuss the future of DACA, the issue which has been under threat to end during President Donald Trump administration. Eva. A. Millona, CEO and President, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, Jess Chicco, Director of New Americans Initiatives, MIRA Coalition, and Sarang Sekhavat, federal policy expert, and MIRA CoalitionAdriana Plasencia, DACA Recipient are hosting the first installment of their four-part Fall Speaker Series. The first installment will focus on the past, present, and future of DACA and the direct impact that DACA has had in the lives of young immigrants, like guest speaker Adriana.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was first introduced by the Obama Administration in 2012 in response to Congress’ continued failure to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act). Although DACA did not provide a pathway to legal status for its recipients, it provided both protection from deportation and work authorization, allowing for greater peace of mind, increased access to higher education, and better employment opportunities. More than 800,000 young immigrants in this country have accessed the program, opening up pathways to personal growth and putting them on near-equal footing as their high school classmates. President-Elect Biden has pledged to restore DACA and protect Dreamers and their families.

The panel is today at 1pm and will be streaming live on their Youtube at: