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Minero featured in Wisconsin State Journal article about the uncertainty of DACA legislation

September 07, 2017
UW-Madison's Laura Minero was featured in a story from the Wisconsin State Journal about the Trump administration's plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and what that means for her work, research and sense of security. 

Minero is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology.

The State Journal explains how Minero applied for the DACA program in 2012, which provides work permits and protection from deportations for undocumented immigrants that arrived in the United States as children. Minero herself was brought to California from Mexico when she was 5 years old. As a DACA recipient, Minero can drive legally, take flights and hold jobs as a mentor and teaching assistant. 

Now, there is an opportunity for Congress to pass legislation that could write DACA protections into law. But there is a lot of uncertainty, especially for students like Minero, whose work and research could become too risky if she is at risk of deportation. 

Minero told the Wisconsin State Journal she will spend the next year lobbying Congress in support of a comprehensive overhaul of the United States immigration system; with legislation that allows childhood arrivals and their parents a path to citizenship. 

“We need to stop using these Band-Aid fixes,” ​Minero told the Wisconsin State Journal. “We’re a part of this country, and we’re just looking for a fair opportunity — not one where we’re constantly hanging on to see what happens next.”

Read the full article: "End of DACA throws research, work and security into doubt for UW-Madison student."
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