Our country has seen more than 45 policy changes affecting almost every facet of the immigration system since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these changes have been temporary and necessary, while other policies are dramatic shifts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fear and uncertainty to the lives of many across every community in our nation. This uncertainty, however, is not unknown to the life of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) receipts or “Dreamers,” who have embodied this uncertainty as their constant reality, especially after the order to end the DACA program in 2017. Young undocumented immigrants —who often arrived at a young age in circumstances beyond their control—have feared deportation and a dramatic shift in their identities if removed.
On June 18th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of DACA recipients taking into account their contributions and the legality of the order. Congress must urgently pass a legislative solution to codify them. Before the ruling, Luis Cortes Romero said in an interview, “…we’re in a moment where we’re shifting America to the promise that it’s supposed to be. And that we’re becoming more perfect and a better version of what we all know it is.”
On July 21st at 10:00 am, we will sit down with our panelists to understand how Dreamers are responding in the COVID-19 crisis and to learn more about how immigrants are part of the thread of our nation.
Current Featured Speakers:
- Rafael Anchía, Texas State Representative, Texas House District 103 – Click Here for Bio
- Laura Collins, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative George W. Bush Institute – Click Here for Bio
- Luis Cortes Romero, Managing Partner at Immigrant Advocacy & Litigation Center, PLLC – Click Here for Bio
- Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas
In gratitude to presenting sponsor Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann for making Dreamers Respond possible. With additional thanks to Something Good Consulting Group, Wright Connatser PLLC, and FWD>DFW together with The Dallas Morning News.