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Episode 226 - Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna: Why DACA? Why Now? (part 1 of 2)

Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30:00 AM

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In the first of a two-part episode, our guests Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna discuss all things DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). What is it, who are the people affected, and why does DACA find itself in the political crosshairs? Our guests conclude part one by describing why DACA is a concern for the social work profession and its practitioners.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great discussion, Sunday, February 10, 2019

By Amneris :

Dr. Deb Ortega and Dr. Ashley Hanna mentioned several intriguing points about how the attitudes of our society in the US impacts those recipients of DACA. The point that impacted me the most was when Dr. Ortega mentioned that it is possible that the reason behind the decision to ending DACA is because of racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and because of continued power struggles. It is very interesting for me the information that they have studied. Although I can not relate to DACA recipients because of my legal status in this country, I have experienced the manifestations of what it is to be a person who shares two different cultures and the attitudes that exists in our society against people who are different from the dominant group. Many US citizens do not know or perhaps have not wanted to accept the history of this country but many times we prefer to follow the myths, assumptions and perceptions that others give us because maybe it comes from a position of authority.
In my experience, there are people in this country who do not even know that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and that its residents are US citizens. Yet, as a Puertorican and US citizen, I have perceived the negative reactions towards me simply because they hear that I speak Spanish or can tell that I have an accent. Especially, when they have felt challenged or at risk of losing their jobs is when I have received the most condescending comments. As Dr. Ortega mentioned, it is when policies and practices places white US citizens in a position that they have to compete, such as in the marketplace and for access to resources, that their power becomes threatened and then people in higher positions take advantage of their platform to create myths and assumptions that become harder to destroy.

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