Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 13 4:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 13 4:50 PM (Eastern)
Immigrants have faced unprecedented challenges and threats under the Trump Administration, making life even more difficult for the undocumented communities, TPS holders, Dreamers, asylum seekers, and refugees. Right now, our nation is at a crossroads—a lot of the values and ideals that many believed helped personify the United States of America are crumbling under dangerous immigration rule changes and executive orders from Donald Trump’s White House. With a presidential election just around the corner, immigrants and their allies will have to make difficult decisions about what policies or campaign strategies will need to be adopted to protect immigrants and their families. This panel will center on Donald Trump’s attacks on the DACA program, which shields young people from deportation, and how his allies constant meddling on immigration policy will impact all immigrants and their families in the years to come.
Juan Escalante’s parents fled Venezuela in the year 2000, with Juan and his two brothers in tow, for the United States following the election of Hugo Chavez. In 2006, an immigration attorney mishandled the Escalante’s case, which led them to lose their immigration status despite “waiting in line” while paying taxes and immigration fees.
By the time President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, Juan had graduated from Florida State University with a political science degree and had helped spearhead some of the digital tactics used across in immigration-related campaigns across the country.
Thanks to DACA, Juan was able to return to FSU and obtained a master’s degree in public administration in 2015. He has remained a fierce and relentless advocate for immigrant rights.
A renowned and nationally recognized digital strategist, Juan currently enjoys the protections of the DACA program while leading state and national efforts to pass sensible immigration legislation.
Escalante’s work has been highlighted and published in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Univision, and CNN.
He serves as the Digital Campaigns Manager at FWD.us, a DC-based organization focused on immigration and criminal justice reform and currently resides in Washington D.C., where he works to ensure the DACA program continues to protect an estimated 700,000 immigrant youth from deportation.
Tony (He/him) is a 1.5 generation Korean American DACA recipient hailing from North Jersey. Organizing since 2010, Tony currently serves as the digital director for Immigrants Rising, bringing with him the experience he learned from political campaigns, creative agencies, and community-based organizations.
Patrice Lawrence is the recently appointed Co-Director for the UndocuBlack Network.
Patrice leads the work of those who Black, currently or formerly undocumented and are steadily leading the charge on what they need to thrive by making their demands clear on a local and national level. Her work includes asserting power in issues like Liberian DED, TPS, Dream, Diversity Visas, Decriminalization and fighting against the attacks on the health of immigrants. Originally from Jamaica, Patrice is a graduate of Hollins University and firmly believes that the sum of one’s experiences makes them whole regardless of their immigration status.