Panel talks about perils of coming out

By Sophia G20 - Staff Reporter

A forum on the DACA program will be held in Building 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus Conference Room on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All Highline community members, staff, and students are invited to attend.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama. This program allowed undocumented immigrants who were under 16 years old when they came to the U.S., to obtain work permits for two years, which were renewable.

"Many DACA recipients have known no country other than the United States for most of their lives and have had no role in how they originally entered," said Dr. Ben Gonzalez O'Brien, a political science professor at Highline who studies immigration issues.

The goal of this forum is to bring education and support for student communities engaged in the Federal Deferred Action of Child Arrivals (DACA) program.

"Students should come to learn more about DACA and what the future may hold for current recipients, as well as to come together in support of DACA students at Highline," Dr. Gonzalez O'Brien said.

Answers about any DACA questions will be provided.  Student Government leaders encourage people to come learn about DACA, share stories, and be part of the support network at Highline for guaranteed education of Washington residents regardless of documentation status.

Dr. Gonzalez O'Brien encourages students to come, saying that some may be indirectly affected by DACA.

"If you are not affected by DACA, you may know someone who is," Dr. Gonzalez O'Brien said. "They may not have told you, but there are an estimated 800,000 individuals who have been part of this program."

The event will include an overview of the DACA Program provided by the ASHC, time for student testimonials, and brief presentations as well as panel discussions from internal and external community members.

According to the Governor's office under DACA, more than 17,000 young Washingtonians have been able to study and work in the United States, contributing more than $1 billion to the state economy. Throughout the country, the DACA provides their services for over 800,000 youth members.

For further information about the DACA program, you can visit

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