On Monday, August 28, 2017, Senator Kamala Harris held a roundtable at the UCLA Labor Center with immigrant youth who are under the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Since its enactment in 2012, the program has changed the lives of thousands of young people who have lived in the U.S. since they were children. DACA has allowed undocumented immigrant youth to obtain work authorization, it has provided temporary legal protection from deportation, and has given thousands to pursue educational opportunities. However, the program is at risk and can be terminated at any minute, this means serious consequences for immigrant youth, their families, and their communities. The roundtable was in partnership with Sen. Harris’ team, FWD.us, CHIRLA, and Korean Resource Center, to bring attention to the issue and hear from the people who are directly impacted.
The UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center believes that young people deserve the right to learn, be healthy, and pursue their dreams – regardless of immigration status. Since its founding in 2011, the center has emerged as a national source for innovative research, education, and advocacy on immigration issues. Our work is critical to ensure immigrant youth continue to be at the forefront of the national conversations that directly impact their lives and families.