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News Posted on September 8, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments for Media on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Order

Dean Kevin R. Johnson provided commentary for media including the Daily Journal, Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR-13, and San Francisco public radio station KALW on President Trump’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama administration program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children to apply for work permits and temporary protection from deportation. 

In an op-ed published in the Daily Journal, Dean Johnson writes that there may be a “silver lining” in Trump’s action.  “He is delaying the end of the program for six months. This gives Congress time to pass a law that would provide enduring protections for the Dreamers, the term used to refer to undocumented college students who have become a potent political force.  And it even could spur more far-reaching immigration reform.”

“It’s not time to hit the panic button,” Dean Johnson said in an interview with KOVR. “I think we have some time to try to fashion a resolution in Congress, and I think everybody should try to come together and work together to make something work in the political process.”

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.