Published: Sept. 5, 2017

Man holds up DACA sign at apparent rally outdoorsCU Boulder experts are available to discuss the Trump administration’s recent call for an “orderly wind-down” of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a two-year reprieve from deportation and the opportunity to apply for a work permit.

Violeta Chapin, clinical professor of law at Colorado Law, can discuss the recent announcement, specifics coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and what the news means for people who have pending DACA applications and those who would like to renew. She has expertise on the intersection of immigration law and criminal law and speaks fluent Spanish. She can be reached at

Ming Hsu Chen, associate professor at Colorado Law with faculty affiliations in political science and ethnic studies. Teaches immigration law, law and politics (race in America), and law and social change. She has written about executive action in immigration law and is a member of the Colorado Advisory Council to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She can discuss constitutional and administrative aspects of DACA. She can be reached at

Fernando Riosmena, associate professor, Population Program, Institute of Behavioral Science. Riosmena is a social demographer/population geographer who specializes in the study of Mexico-U.S. migration. He can discuss the role of immigration policy in driving legal and undocumented migration to the United States and how DACA fits into that context. He is a native Spanish speaker. He can be reached at

Brain Cadena, associate professor, department of economics. Cadena is a labor economist who studies the effects of immigration on the low-skilled (lower education) labor market. He can speak about the effect of immigration on native wages and employment and how immigrants decide where to settle within the United States. He can be reached at

Deb Palmer, is professor and chair of the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity Program in the School of Education. She teaches about immigration theory and preparing teachers for teaching immigrant and refugee children. She can discuss resources for supporting immigrant and refugee children in K-12 schools and support for teaching about immigration in K-12 settings. She can be reached at

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