Dialogue: Immigration and the Future of DACA

Oct 4, 2017

In early September, President Trump announced he wanted to end DACA, an Obama Administration policy that deferred deportation for certain undocumented immigrants. Trump passed the topic to Congress, urging lawmakers to formalize the policy into federal law or take on other immigration-related issues. While the announcement was met with some bipartisan support, whether Congress will indeed approve DACA is unclear.

Also unclear is what happens if Trump's six-month window closes and Congress doesn't approve the program. In this edition of Dialogue, host Victor Agreda and a panel explore DACA, who it affects and its potential outcomes. The panel also discusses immigration more broadly, including the 287(g) enforcement program recently approved for Knox County.

Guests: Meghan Conley of Allies of Knoxville's Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN), immigration attorney with Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates (VIDA) Valeria Gomez , educator Elizabeth Corbett, and "Jenny," a DACA recipient.