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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

LA Media Roundtable on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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PHOTO Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles
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New America Media (NAM), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA), Ready California, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), which is housed within the Department of Education, will participate in a media roundtable to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and its implications for individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) descent.

In 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They may also request work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

According to some estimates, over 130,000 API individuals in the United States may be eligible to request DACA. In Los Angeles County, this could impact approximately 16,000 API individuals, yet requests for DACA remain disproportionately low in the API community.

Representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and WHIAAPI will discuss the impact of DACA on API individuals, including those in the Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Filipino communities. The media roundtable will also include community leaders from NAM, AAAJ-LA, the National Immigration Law Center, and DACA recipients.

This public roundtable will be held on Thursday, July 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA located on 1145 Wilshire Blvd.

To RSVP or for more information, please email Randy Bunnao at rbunnao@advancingjustice-la.org or Elena Shore at eshore@newamericamedia.org.