Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Here's help for writing about DACA 'dreamers'

Most communities in America, including many rural ones, have young immigrants who have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy that President Obama established by executive order and that President Trump has abolished -- effective in six months, to give Congress time to enact the policy into law, in what has been called the DREAM Act, for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.

Nearly 800,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children have registered under DACA. Each one has a story to tell, and some are willing to tell it. Denise-Marie Ordway of Journalist's Resource at Harvard University offers a primer to help reporters, editors and producers tell those stories.

She starts with some helpful resources: A report showing the number of people who requested and were granted or denied DACA from 2012 to 2017; a Q&A from the Department of Homeland Security with a breakdown of how many DACA work permits will expire in 2017, 2018 and 2019; the letter in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions explains his reasons for recommending the program be phased out; and a Q&A from the Department of Education about financial aid for undocumented students.

Ordway also gives summaries and links for research about the program, including state responses and campus responses. Journalist's Resource is a service of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

No comments: