On Saturday, the University of Wyoming will host a symposium on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The event comes as the date March 5th looms over the immigration debate—that’s the deadline President Donald Trump gave Congress to find a solution for the almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants covered by the program.
Organizers of the event “Dreamers at UW: A DACA Symposium” designed it as an opportunity for the public to learn about the experiences of DACA recipients attending the University of Wyoming. Associate Professor and event organizer Lilia Soto said speakers will include professors from other universities who will discuss how they’ve supported their students at a difficult time.
“What I have heard from students is that no one really knows what to do with them,” said Soto. “So I’m hoping that that can change. And hopefully what can come out of this symposium that we can talk about is which is a better way that we can serve the students?”
Soto’s research and writing focus on immigration, specifically what it means for families to be separated by borders. Her presentation will take a look at the DACA policy in the larger scheme of immigration.
“This isn’t just about the Dreamers and isn’t [just] about DACA students,” said Soto. “It’s also about their families. And it’s also about their parents and their siblings who weren’t able to apply for DACA. So it’s something much bigger.”
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. It will take place at the UW Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.