September-October 2013

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VOICE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION AN IMMIGRATION DIALOGUE SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2013 Vol. 4 Issue 5 For example, Erika Andiola, a DACA recipient, made the news recently when she was offered a job to work for Arizona Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. On that same day, immigration officials took Andiola's mother and older brother into custody. "I'm not OK with just having a job. I need to have my family with me to make sure I am as happy as I can be," Andiola said while serving on a five-member panel convened on August 16, 2013, at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. The members met to reflect on the progress of the DACA program following its one-year anniversary. .... The hybrid immigrant status in the households of many DACA recipients is one of the drawbacks evoking mixed emotions about the initiative implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), said Tom K. Wong, assistant professor of political science at the University of California-San Diego and once an undocumented immigrant himself. Echoing that sentiment, Roberto G. Gonzales, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, called for greater social integration, saying, "DACA recipients don't live in a vacuum. They are part of families and communities and their fates are tied to what happens to their parents, neighbors, and so forth." ... As the second year of the DACA program gets underway, the panelists agreed that progress has been made, including the launch of a DACA app. Nevertheless, more work lies ahead. "[DACA is] at best a temporary fix to a larger problem of a broken immigration system and a lack of a pathway to PLUS: The International Student Minefield Plugging into International Talent AILA Member Receives MacArthur Fellowship

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