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USF Tampa invites public to DACA panel discussion
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, of Florida’s 14th congressional district, will visit the University of South Florida Tampa campus at noon on Friday, March 9, 2018, as part of the panel discussion about DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). This event, entitled “DACA: Current and Future Challenges for Undocumented Youth and Young Adults,” will take place in the Marshall Student Center (MSC 2708). The panelists, including a USF professor and student, as well as local and national immigrants’ rights activists, will present a range of perspectives on DACA. Hosted by the USF College of Arts and Sciences, USF’s Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) and the “UndocUnited” USF student organization, this event is free and open to the public. DACA was promulgated on June 15, 2012, under the administration of President Barack Obama, after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act. It grants temporary authorization to remain in the U.S. for some undocumented immigrants who arrived as minors. The rescission of DACA on Sept. 5, 2017, affects not only the almost 800,000 young immigrants who have filed for protection under DACA—it also affects their families, friends—many who are U.S. citizens— and communities. Elizabeth Aranda, professor of sociology and associate dean of communication, community and global engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences will introduce her perspective as a scholar and researcher. Greisa Martínez-Rosas, the advocacy and policy director for “United We Dream” will discuss the national advocacy perspective; Rosario Duran, USF student and intern for Castor and Leonardo Dulanto, from The Bridge Project and a DACA student at Hillsborough Community College will share their experiences with immigration and local activism. For reasonable accommodations, please contact Paula Lezama at For details on directions or parking, visit Located in the USF College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC) is a center of excellence for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, embracing teaching, research and service. With more than 70 affiliate faculty members actively engaged in research, teaching and outreach in Latin American and the Caribbean, ISLAC is poised to become a central component of USF's growing international profile and reputation. ISLAC faculty and affiliate faculty across the USF campus pursue anthropology, history, government and international affairs, political science, humanities, world language education, economics, arts, global and public health, business, and many other disciplines. -USF-

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