Along with our partners at Creative Loafing, the Center for Civic Innovation held this year’s first Social Studies discussion this past Wednesday. The topic was undocumented immigration, featured in Creative Loafing’s recent cover story “In the Shadows” about metro Atlanta “Dreamers.”
Being an undocumented immigrant in the US has taken on new meaning as federal policies and national attitudes change. Cities, counties, and states have become caught up in the debate about how to both remain welcoming communities and deal with stricter immigration enforcement as immigration policy dominates the news. There is a lot on the line for our undocumented neighbors and for top decision-makers in local institutions, especially while the federal government moves to tie local compliance with immigration law to federal funding.
Melonie Tharpe, CCI’s Programs & Advocacy Director, introduced the topic and each of the panelists.
The first panel consisted of “Dreamers,” the children of undocumented immigrants who qualified for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The second panel consisted of professionals that work and volunteer as advocates for immigrants.