UCLA Labor Center

Press Advisory: UCLA Students Host Immigration Forum on March 5th, Day of “DACA Deadline”





Media Contacts:

Rubi Martinez, rubimartinez@ucla.edu

Citlalli Chávez-Nava (714)742-1581, citlallichavez@ucla.edu


UCLA Students Host Immigration Forum on March 5th,

Day of “DACA Deadline”


President Trump announced that his administration would end DACA effective March 5th.  Although the courts have since blocked the immediate end to DACA, there is still no resolution in sight, and 800,000 immigrant youth are in limbo. Given this uncertainty, students at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) will host Immigration Forum: Students Speak Out!, a forum where students will dialogue with elected officials, policy leaders, and UCLA faculty and administration about the challenges currently faced by the undocumented community. Students will discuss the effects of recent legislative and policy issues and make policy recommendations on how to support immigrants. The event is being coordinated under the guidance of Ignacia Rodriguez, Immigration Policy Advocate at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and in collaboration with the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) and the Dream Resource Center.



UCLA Students

Abel Valenzuela, Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center

Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles City Council member, District 1

Maria Elena Durazo, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice-Chair incumbent, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity, currently running for California State Senator in the 24th District

Ernesto Rocha, community organizer and Membership Coordinator at Community Coalition

Monica Garcia, Representative of Board District 2 in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 1


Performances by:

Grupo Folklorico de UCLA, a dance group that focuses on regional and traditional dances of Mexico

Night of Cultura at UCLA, a Latinx performance group


When: Monday, March 5th, 2018

Forum: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Student-Led Resource Fair: 6:30 pm


Where: UCLA Northwest Auditorium, 350 De Neve Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90024

(Please reach out to media contacts for media parking instructions)


Visuals: The multimedia exhibit Undocumented Stories will be on display, a photo booth curated by students, student dance performance groups, over 400 students, immigrant rights leaders, and community members.



Reporters requesting to cover the event, please RSVP to rubimartinez@ucla.edu and citlallichavez@ucla.edu no later than 8:00 am PST on Monday, March 5th. For more information please visit undocumentedunafraid.net. You can also track the event on social media using the hashtag #TogetherWeRise.