Published: Jan. 12, 2018

Man holds up DACA sign at apparent rally outdoorsEditor's note: updated Feb. 12, 2018.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opening up the debate on immigration with a looming deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program affects roughly 800,000 "Dreamers," undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. DACA allows them a reprieve from deportation and the opportunity to apply for work permits. President Trump has ordered the program to be phased out in March.

CU Boulder experts are available to discuss various aspects.

Violeta Chapin, clinical professor of law at Colorado Law, can discuss specifics coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and what's next 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

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

Enrique Sepúlveda, assistant professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies.  He studies the experiences of Latina or Latino immigrant youth in school and community, looking at citizenship, identity formation and belonging. He is the son of Mexican migrants and is bilingual (Spanish/English).

Brian Cadena, associate professor at the Department of Economics, studies the effects of immigration on the labor market. He can speak about the effect of immigration on wages and employment and how immigrants decide where to settle within the United States.

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.

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