By Caroline Ryan
A panel on immigration will be held on Wednesday, April 12, between 12:30-2 in the Patrons Lounge at the Tilles Center. Topics will include immigration, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a U.S. immigration policyn started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
The speakers on the panel will include Murtzaza Hussain, a journalist, who has been on CNN, BBC, NPR and the Intercept covering the recent immigration order and issues pertaining to Muslim Americans; Susan Gottehrer, the director of the Nassau County Chapter of the ACLU and an adjunct professor at LIU Post who teaches a graduate course on radical social movements, Laura Lemus, special projects coordinator and Maryann Slutsky, executive director from Long Island Wins, will talk about DACA, ICE raid, rapid response network and know your rights training.
Other topics will include sanctuary spaces and local activism (where students have the opportunity to become engaged in organizations that better inform them on immigration issues affecting them at local, national and global levels.) By participating in organizations like the ACLU, Immigrant Rights and Long Island Wins, students can make their voices heard on immigration issues.
Shaireen Rasheed, a professor of philosophical foundations and multiculturalism, encourages all faculty and student organizations to attend. “If you are an international student who has questions you might want to attend this,” she said. “For those of you who want to get involved at the local level in organizations like the ACLU, Long Island Wins and others, representatives from the mentioned organizations and more will be there,” Rasheed said.