DACA, a five-year-old policy, has provided temporary
protection to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who
entered the U.S. as “minors” from deportation and provide
them with a work “permit.” The impending end of DACA raises
many urgent questions about the impact and future of DACA,
a debate that has occurred in a policy and national context that
is often devoid of scientific evidence, despite the existence of
rigorous and innovative research that shows that DACA has
clearly benefited recipients of the program.
This conference will highlight the most recent research and
advocacy work on DACA. The academic and policy panels will
engage in a discussion the past, present and future of DACA
and its impact on the immigrants and local communities across
In September 2017, President Trump announced an order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a five-year-old policy that has provided temporary protection to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as “minors” from deportation by providing them with a work “permit.” At the same time, he urged Congress to replace DACA with comprehensive immigration reform. The impending end of DACA has fostered a national policy debate—but one that has occurred in a context that is often devoid of scientific evidence. Rigorous and innovative research shows that recipients of DACA have clearly benefited from the program.
At this conference, organized to precede the immediate ending of DACA in March 2018, academics, policymakers and activists from Columbia and elsewhere will engage in a discussion on the impact the ending of this policy would have on immigrant and local communities across the country.
The conference consists of three panel discussions. For the full agenda and list of speakers, go to this page.