Beyond the Headlines: Examining the Undoing of DACA and TPS and the Legal Response in New York

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The Trump administration has announced the discontinuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and has indicated plans to phase out Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which nationwide combine to provide 1.1 million immigrants the opportunity to work and live in this country without fear of deportation. These programs grant legal protections to immigrants escaping natural disasters, escaping war-ravaged conditions, or those brought to the United States as children. This discussion examines the response in New York, including affirmative litigation challenging the end of DACA, the government response, the potential impact on access to government benefits and offers a historical perspective on what these changes mean for U.S. immigration law and policy.

Alina Das, Professor of Clinical Law, Co-Director Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University School of Law
Amy Taylor, Legal Director, Make the Road NY
Sienna Fontaine, Deputy Legal Director, Make the Road NY
Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-in-Charge, Immigration Law Unit, Civil Practice, The Legal Aid Society
Diane Lucas, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General

Claire Thomas, Director, Asylum Clinic and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Victoria F. Neilson, Chair
Social Welfare Law Committee, Susan E. Welber, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
International Human Rights Committee, Anil Kalhan, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
Make the Road New York
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