Baylor Law Professor Talks DACA on International Radio Program

September 13, 2017

Baylor Law Professor Talks DACA on International Radio Program

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Baylor Law Professor Laura Hernández

WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law School Professor Laura Hernández is an expert on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic. Professor Hernández shared her insight on the termination of the program with award-winning journalist Simi Sara on CKNW Newstalk 980 AM's The Simi Sara Show."

New DACA applications will be halted under the Trump administration's phasing out of the program – which has provided two-year, renewable work permits to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

"Prior to DACA...[an undocumented immigrant's] ability to be in the United States always came with an asterisk. Once DACA was authorized by President Obama, they were able to begin [legally] working and contributing to the United States economy...[which] prior to DACA, was more questionable," said Hernández.

The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic was established in 2012. Every year Professor Hernández, adjunct faculty member and Baylor Lawyer Susan Nelson, JD '90, and numerous Baylor law and undergraduate students volunteer to assist Waco area residents with their immigration needs. To date, the clinic has served hundreds of individuals – many with DACA applications – and helped with hundreds of immigration legal matters.

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