It has been nearly 20 years since the DREAMer movement began with individual young people who risked everything to come out of hiding and declare their undocumented status. They gave a new voice and urgency to the immigrant rights movement, forcing policymakers and advocates to deal with their untenable situation—Americans in all but law.
Please join Carnegie Corporation of New York, Four Freedoms Fund, Unbound Philanthropy, and Philanthropy New York for a discussion with Laura Wides-Muñoz, author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American, two young undocumented leaders, and an immigration policy expert.
The Making of a Dream tells the behind-the-scenes story of the birth of the DREAM Act and how the undocumented youth and their allies—desperate after years of gridlock in Congress—finally built a movement powerful enough to force the Obama administration to create the landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
DACA, as the program is officially known, has given six years of relief and hope to hundreds of thousands of families, yet today, its protections are in jeopardy. The Trump administration has sought to end the program, and it currently remains on life support, its future most likely in the hands of the Supreme Court.
- The history of DACA and the DREAMer movement
- What it takes to sustain a movement and the toll of leadership in these times
- What’s next for DREAMers and the movement
- Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute, NYU School of Law
- Angy Rivera, Co-Director, New York State Youth Leadership Council
- Maria Vera, Dream Team Network Coordinator, New York State Youth Leadership Council
- Laura Wides-Muñoz, Author, The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American
- Geri Mannion (Host), Director, Strengthening Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Kathleen Kingsbury (Moderator), Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times
*Copies and book signings of Laura Wides-Muñoz's The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American will be made available at the program. First come, first served.
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