Week of February 18, 2018

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Shaping the Future of DACA: Bridging Research and Policy

Shaping the Future of DACA: Bridging Research and Policy

February 22, 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm

Location: 

Columbia School of Social Work Concourse Level 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

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DACA, a five-year-old policy, has provided temporary protection to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as “minors” from deportation and provide them with a work “permit.” The impending end of DACA raises many urgent questions about the impact and future of DACA, a debate that has occurred in a policy and national context that is often devoid of scientific evidence, despite the existence of rigorous and innovative research that shows that DACA has clearly benefited recipients of the program.

This conference will highlight the most recent research and advocacy work on DACA. The academic and policy panels will engage in a discussion the past, present and future of DACA and its impact on the immigrants and local communities across the country. 

 

Background

In September 2017, President Trump announced an order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), slated to take effect in six months, while urging Congress to replace DACA with comprehensive immigration reform. DACA, a five-year-old policy, has provided temporary protection to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as “minors” from deportation and provide them with a work “permit.” The impending end of DACA raises many urgent questions about the impact and future of DACA, a debate that has occurred in a policy and national context that is often devoid of scientific evidence, despite the existence of rigorous and innovative research that shows that DACA has clearly benefited recipients of the program.

This conference, organized to precede the immediate ending of DACA in March 2018, will bring together academics, policymakers and activists to engage in a discussion on the past, present and future of DACA and its impacts on the immigrant and local communities across the country.

Agenda

12:00-12:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

12:30-12:45 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Hirsch (Professor of Sociomedical Sciences & CPRC Co-Director, Columbia University)

12:45-2:00 p.m.: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on DACA
Mae Ngai (Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University) 
DACA and Legalization in Historical Perspective 
Elizabeth Vaquera (Associate Professor of Sociology, George Washington University) 
Personal and Cultural Trauma: The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Undocumented Young Immigrants and their Families 
Chris Zepeda-Millan (Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley)
DACA and Immigrant Rights Activism Under Trump

Moderator: Neeraj Kaushal (Professor of Social Policy, Columbia University)

2:00-2:15 p.m.: Break

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Economic, Political and Social Impact of DACA
Francesc Ortega (Dina Axelrad Perry Associate Professor of Economics, Queens College of CUNY)
The Economic Effects of Providing Legal Status to DREAMers
Caitlin Patler (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis)
Immigration Status and Psychological Wellbeing: A Representative Study of the Impacts of DACA in California, 2012-2016
Tom K. Wong (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego) 
Title TBA

Moderator: Yao Lu (Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)

3:30-3:45p.m.: Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.: Policy Perspectives on the Future of DACA
Janet Calvo (Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law)
State Policies Promoting DACA Recipients’ Access to Healthcare, Education and Professional Licensing
Cristina Jimenez (Executive Director and Co-Founder, United We Dream)
Title TBA
Anu Joshi (Director of Immigration Policy, New York Immigration Coalition)
What Do Family Unification, Diversity Visas and Border Security Have To Do With DACA? Not Much and, Unfortunately, Everything
Donald M. Kerwin Jr., (Executive Director of Center for Migration Studies)
TBA

Moderator: Sally Findley (Professor of Population and Family Health & Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University)

5:15-5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks
Suzanne Goldberg (Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law & EVP for University Life, Columbia University)

5:30-6:00 p.m.: Reception

 

Conference co-sponsors:

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Columbia School of Social Work
Columbia University Office of University Life
Columbia University Office of Government and Community Affairs 

 

Conference co-organizers:
Sally Findley (Professor of Population and Family Health & Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University)
Neeraj Kaushal (Professor of Social Policy, Columbia University)
Yao Lu (Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)
Van Tran (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University)

 

12:00pm-6:00pm
 
2/22/18: Sarah Brooks

2/22/18: Sarah Brooks

February 22, 2018

Location: 

707 IAB

Event Type: 

On February 22, Sarah Brooks will be presenting a paper entitled, "Oil and Development: Technology, Geology, and the ‘Curse’ of Natural Resources." The abstract appears below and the paper is attached.

Abstract: In this paper we build upon our earlier research (Brooks and Kurtz 2016) to challenge the conventional wisdom about the putative ‘curse’ of natural resources. In doing so, we make a potentially controversial claim: that not all “oil wealth” is a curse. Rather, we argue that it is only the “easy to get” oil that can be associated with the pernicious developmental outcomes, while “hard to get” oil, such as that extracted through higher technologically-intensive methods, is not a curse for political development. Our empirical analysis employs a novel approach, by starting with the characteristics of more than 7,000 oil fields around the world to understand the technological intensity, and hence ‘rent’ possibilities for each field. We aggregate these data by country and find that indeed the oil that is extracted through highly capital-intensive processes has a positive, rather than detrimental, effect on democratic development. In making the argument, we emphasize the importance of domestic technological development, human capital, and the interdependence of regime types.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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