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ERIC Number: ED559356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
DACAmented in California: The Impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program on Latina/os. CSRC Research Report. No. 18
Huber, Lindsay Pérez; Villanueva, Brenda Pulido; Guarneros, Nancy; Vélez, Verónica N.; Solórzano, Daniel G.
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
On Friday, March 24, 2006, the day of the first annual Latina/o Education Summit conference at UCLA, a nationwide protest erupted. Those involved were demanding national attention to a critical issue that was only mentioned at the conference: immigration--specifically, immigration reform. The protests were sparked by the passage of the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Immigration Control Act (HR 4437, also known as the Sensenbrenner bill) in the US House of Representatives in December 2005. In the early 2000s undocumented students began demanding civil rights and access to higher education. This activism evolved into a new social movement led by the DREAMers, students who are working to insure passage of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, federal legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth. Nearly a decade has passed since the activism of 2006, yet legislation for comprehensive immigration reform that contains a path to citizenship for undocumented residents still seems unlikely to be enacted. DREAMERs are still dreaming--and the educational achievement of Latino/a students is still critically low. In 2012, acknowledging that comprehensive immigration reform would be difficult to achieve, President Barack Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, designed to protect eligible undocumented immigrant youth from deportation. In this report the authors focus on the impact of the DACA program on undocumented Latina/o students in Los Angeles. They conclude with recommendations for improving educational and life opportunities for undocumented--and DACAmented--Latina/o students. [This Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Research Report was prepared in conjunction with the CSRC's ninth annual Latina/o Education Summit.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Identifiers - Location: California