A quick heads up – today will be the first of some extra podcasts here and in your podcast feeds for The CAP⋅impact Podcast related to the recent SCOTUS decisions this month. Keep your eyes peeled for podcasts on Bostock, faithless electors, and the president’s tax returns. But today, we’re taking a look at DACA, and what the Supreme Court’s ruling to let the program stand means. For the legal perspective, we have Blake Nordahl, who is a Professor of Lawyering Skills and the supervising attorney at the Immigration Clinic here at McGeorge. For a more personal perspective on the decision, we also have Set Hernandez who is a documentary filmmaker, a media specialist at the California Immigrant Policy Center, and a DACA recipient.
Long story short, the decision to keep DACA in place is a win for the immigrant community in the United States. However, it is a short term win. The current administration is already working on new challenges to the program based on their assertions that DACA is both illegal and bad policy – although Prof. Nordahl does rebut both of those assertions.
Set talks through his much more complicated feelings about DACA. Because of his DACA, he has access to healthcare through his employer, but his mother doesn’t. There are grants and other philanthropic sources to fund documentaries that he doesn’t have access to because he isn’t a citizen or a permanent resident. And a lot of the policies that make life easier for him as an undocumented resident of the United States are California state policy, not federal policies.
To make sure that you do not miss any of these bonus podcasts about SCOTUS decisions, make sure to subscribe to The CAP⋅impact Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
As mentioned on the podcast, the McGeorge Immigration Clinic is open and can be reached at 916.340.6080.