Arcadia University will host a panel discussion, “Living the DREAM: Understanding Deferred Action, the DREAM Act and Immigration Reform,” on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Each year 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the country and only five percent of them go onto college to earn a degree. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act—now known as the Dream Act—would allow approximately 360,000 students the legal means to work and study in the United States, if passed.
“This is not only an immigration issue,” says Smita Mathur, Assistant Professor of Education at Arcadia University. “It’s an issue related to education, social justice, equity and fairness, politics, criminal justice, international relations, moral imperatives, and economics considerations are all intertwined in complex layers that need to be discussed and highlighted.”
By increasing awareness and understanding of issues related to the DREAM Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and immigration reform, the hope is to empower DREAMers and develop a community for future action and organization.
- Wendy Castor Hess, Esq., Immigration Attorney and Co-chair PBA Immigration Law Committee
- Mayra Hidalgo, Florida Immigrant Coalition and United We DREAM
- Erika Nunez, DREAM Activist from Mexico, and part of DreamActivist Pennsylvania
- Dr. Hilary P. Dick, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Arcadia University
The event is supported by Arcadia University’s School of Education; Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; Offices of Institutional Diversity, Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Studies, the Department of International Studies; Black Male Development Symposium; Latino Association; and the Immigration Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar.