Social Studies Recap: Undocumented under a Trump administration

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.

Presentation

Melonie Tharpe, CCI’s Programs & Advocacy Director, introduced the topic and each of the panelists.

DREAMERS

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.

Dreamers give their personal stories about how they came to live in the US and share misconceptions that others have about undocumented immigrants and the challenges that DACA recipients still face.

Dreamers give their personal stories about how they came to live in the US and share misconceptions that others have about undocumented immigrants and the challenges that DACA recipients still face.

It’s important to recognize the humanity that everyone has.
— Raymond Partolan

ADVOCATES

The second panel consisted of professionals that work and volunteer as advocates for immigrants.

Panelists speak about the current legal challenges that undocumented immigrants are facing with changes in federal policy and enforcement.

Panelists speak about the current legal challenges that undocumented immigrants are facing with changes in federal policy and enforcement.

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