In this bonus episode, we talk to immigrant rights activist Lupita Romero about her experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant and as a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Lupita describes the tension that many DREAMers feel between fighting to preserve DACA and rejecting the narrative that they are somehow uniquely “good” immigrants who alone deserve protection and equality.
Lupita is a socialist and long-time immigrant justice organizer in New York City. She’s written a number of articles for Socialist Worker, including “The ugly business of immigrant detention” at http://bit.ly/uglybusiness.
If you want to further explore any of the themes in this episode, check out some of the following links:
You can read Lupita’s interview (http://bit.ly/DACAclock) about the mood among DREAM activists as DACA neared expiration.
Learn more about the 4,000 DACA applications mysteriously delayed in the mail, from this report in Vox (http://bit.ly/delayedapplications).
And here’s an important resolution passed by a union (http://bit.ly/unionresolution) representing legal workers to affirm its commitment to support members who are in the DACA and Temporary Refugee Status programs now under threat from the Trump administration.