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The DREAM Act: 10 Years of Activism & Debate
Date Wednesday September 14
Time 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
FSM Cafe at Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley Campus
Event Type Panel Discussion
Organizer/AuthorJason Schultz
Emailfsm-info [at] library.berkeley.edu
FEATURED PANELISTS:
Lisa Garcia Bedolla
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education; Chair, Center for Latino Policy Research, UC Berkeley

Kevin Escudero
Doctoral Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Aarti Kohli
Director of Immigration Policy, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley School of Law

In 2001, the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) was first introduced in the U.S. Senate. This legislation sought to grant citizenship to current college students and military enlistees brought to the U.S. as dependent children. Numerous versions of the federal DREAM Act have been introduced but failed to win passage. On the state level, similar legislation has passed in states like California (AB 130) in 2011, while Georgia and Alabama moved to restrict access to institutions of higher education for undocumented students. Recent announcements by President Obama’s administration that “low priority” undocumented immigrants may not be targeted or deportation signals yet another chapter in this struggle.

In observance of Constitution Day, panelists will discuss the DREAM Act in the broader historical context and meaning of citizenship and the immigrant experience in the United States. They will also examine debates and activism surrounding the DREAM Act as illustrating the conflicting legal, political, and
socioeconomic landscape of immigration reform.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Sep 1st, 2011 1:58 PM
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