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10 yrs into DACA program, what's ahead: experts
Updated: 2022-06-29 06:05:16 KST
It's time for Global Insight where we speak to experts from around the world on issues making headlines.
This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA in the United States.
The administration of then-President Barack Obama created DACA to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and to help them find work or attend school legally if they meet certain requirements.
The DACA program was passed through executive action. after Congress failed to pass the American Dream and Promise Act which was a bill that would put DACA recipients also known as DREAMers on path to U.S. citizenship.
But now, a decade later, the future of DACA remains uncertain.
For more on this, we connect with Henry Cho, a renowned American stand-up comedian from Nashville, Tennesse. Mr. Cho received the 2020 New American Hero Award for his contributions to enhancing the image of Asian immigrants with his decades-long performances.
We also connect with Diana Park, who is a DACA recipient and an Immigrant Justice Organizer at MinKwon Center for Community Action.
Thank you so much for joining us today

(PARK) 1- To start us off, for some of us who might not be familiar with the DACA program tell us in detail what it is. and what benefits does it offer?

(PARK) 2- Now, we heard earlier that DACA recipients are called DREAMers but what is the DREAM Act then? We've been hearing people use these terms interchangeably.

(CHO) 3- So then why are DACA recipients in limbo?
What are some of the hurdles that have been standing in their way of either getting permanent legal status to live in the U.S. or even earning citizenship?

(PARK) 4- Considering that a large number of Asian immigrants from South Korea, China and India are also part of the program, how did changes in DACA policies affect Koreans or East Asians in general?

(CHO) 5- Recently, we have seen a surge of Asian hate crimes in the U.S. and that raises concerns for us about Asians living in the states.
So is anything being done to support Asian DREAMers?

(CHO) 6- Experts have talked about how DREAMers significantly contributed to the American economy and public coffers tell us more about this.

(PARK) 7- When former U.S. President Barack Obama signed the executive order creating DACA, he did so knowing that future presidents could easily undo it.
And of course, former President Donald Trump repealed DACA, but then President Joe Biden reinstated it in January of last year.
Why is there so much controversy over this program?

(PARK) 8- With DACA recipients at crossroads what needs to be done in order to come up with NOT a temporary but a permanent solution for DACA individuals?

(CHO) 9- Now Mr. Cho, you are one of the very few Asian Americans featured on mainstream television in the U.S., how do you see yourself impacting young Asian Americans including young Korean Americans who want to become the next generation of "New American Heroes" like yourself?

Alright, thank you so much for your time today.
That was Henry Cho, American stand-up comedian and Diana Park, Immigrant Justice Organizer at MinKwon Center for Community Action with their insights.
Reporter : jiyoonjlee@arirang.co.kr