Life After DACA: Navigating Uncertain Terrain

Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard University

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:00pm
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Roberto G. Gonzales, Professor of Education at Harvard University.

This event is by invitation only.   If interested, RSVP here.

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an administrative action by the Obama administrative to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation. In the five years of the program, nearly 800,000 young people had benefited from its work authorization and related access, like driver’s licenses, through corresponding state legislation. The termination of the program has reopened debates about the place of these young people in American society, and it has sparked efforts on the part of lawmakers, educators, institutional agents, and immigrant communities to advocate on the part of these young people and their families and to address a growing set of needs. In the wake of the announcement, and as the Trump administration winds down the program (set to end on March 5), many questions remain. What is the future of U.S. immigration policy? And how will this group of beneficiaries and their families navigate post-DACA lives?

Roberto G. Gonzales
Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University

Roberto G. Gonzales is Professor of Education at Harvard University. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. In particular, his research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press), is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for twelve yearsTo date, Lives in Limbohas won five major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This fall, he is teaming up with several colleagues to investigate educator responses to school climate issues stemming from immigration policies.