UR DACA Panel Discussion
I. Purpose of Panel:
The purpose of this UR panel discussion on the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) is to provide context for understanding DACA, and the Trump administration’s decision to end it, as well as the ensuing confusion about whether the program will be saved or not. UR faculty panelists from varied disciplinary perspectives will speak for 5-8 minutes about DACA, share resources available to UR students, and answer student/audience questions.
Laz Lima (Provost Office), "DACA in Cultural Context"
Peter Kaufman (Jepson School of Leadership Studies) "DACA in Local Context: SLI at the University of Richmond"
Ernesto Semán (Jepson School of Leadership Studies), "DACA in Comparative Context: Brazil, Chile, Argentina"
Jud Campbell (Richmond School of Law), "DACA in Legal Context"
Hernández v. Texas (1954)
In the Hernández case SCOTUS held that Mexican Americans and people of Latin American ancestry in the U.S. had equal protection under the U.S. Constitution (14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause).
For consideration: Latinos, people of Latin American ancestry in the U.S., are the largest national minority, even surpassing African Americans. They are also routinely derided with impunity in the public sphere in ways that one would not imagine possible for any other national minority group.
Approximately 64% of all Latinos in the U.S. are documented (citizens or Green Card holders).
Latinos are proportionately the least likely minority group to graduate from college .
Exercise: Research how and why the argest national minority are the most disenfranchised from American intuitions (e.g., proportional representation in government, etc.), and circuits of social mobility (e.g., education as engine of social mobility).
Plyler v. Doe (1982)
In the Plyler case SCOTUS held that undocumented children were entitled to an education from K-12.
For consideration: Research other historical antecedents were Americans were either denied an education or prevented from attending colleges and universities by "class" (i.e., as a group of people with similar characteristics such as "women," "African Americans," etc.).
III. A UR Graduate's Story
Documentary film rough-cut, Rubi's Story: A DACA Dreamer in Trump's America (Deronda Productions) [For internal UR use. Please do not distribute without permission or attribution.]
Executive Producer: Lázaro Lima, University of Richmond
Co-Producer/Director: Carolyn Brown, University of North Texas
Co-writer: Lázaro Lima, University of Richmond
Co-writer: Carolyn Brown, University of North Texas
Co-Producer: Marty Johnson, independent filmmaker
Director of Photography: Leena Jayaswal, American University
Music: Paul Oehlers, American University
[For internal UR use. Please do not distribute without permission or attribution.]
IV. What Next?: Share DACA Basics and Have Informed Conversations