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How are immigration politics affecting TPS and DACA recipients?

Photo by Rodney Dunning, used under Creative Commons license via Flickr
At a march to defend DACA in Raleigh, N.C. in October 2017, a woman spoke about her family members who are facing deportation if DACA is not extended or replaced. Another marcher comforts her.

On this edition of Your Call:  Immigrants who have lived in the United States for the majority of their lives or have fled dangerous conflicts are being deported. In many cases, they no longer have connections to their home countries. ICE is now arresting people after they drop their kids off at school or at when they show up for their regular ICE check-in.

We'll speak with immigrants about how these arrests and deportations are impacting them and their communities. We’ll also discuss the current status of DACA and TPS recipients. How are communities responding?

Vanessa Velasco, TPS recipient from El Salvador and resident of Brentwood, California
Lariza Dugan Cuadra, executive director of the Central American Resource Center in San Francisco

Laura Melgarejo, DACA recipient and civic engagement organizer with People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights 

Web Resources:

Reuters: As U.S. immigration debate rages, 'Dreamers' await their fate

NPR: Nearly 9,000 DACA Teachers Face An Uncertain Future

Business Insider: Trump's latest immigration crackdown threatens the economy — both in the US and in El Salvador

The Atlantic: Trump's Immigration Plan Receives a Chilly Reception

USCIS: Temporary Protected Status

USCIS: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.