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Mid-Term Elections and the Fight to Fix a Broken System.

What: ACLU SoCal Public Forum

Immigration Reform Now

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7 p.m.

Where: Occidental College, Mosher 1, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles

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Come join the Occidental ACLU chapter at their first forum of the 2014-15 academic year. Two years after President Obama instituted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and one year after the US Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, pundits proclaimed the "Death of Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

When increasing numbers of Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries turned themselves over to the Border Patrol, a humanitarian crisis was created whose coverage was confused and conflated with the work to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already living and working in the US.

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When the White House announced plans to use a series of Executive Actions to bring undocumented workers and families out of the shadows, the House of Representatives symbolically voted to limit the President's power to deliver Administrative Relief.

Join us as a panel of experts unpack the decisions faced by midterm election voters concerned with the fate of 11 million undocumented Americans, the 16 million who live in mixed-status families, as well as the 50,000 children seeking refugee status or humanitarian parole in order to avoid deportation to Central America, and determine what it will take politically to move comprehensive immigration reform through the bicameral Congress and sign it into law.


  • Catherine Lyons,
  • Jennifer Piscopo, Occidental College
  • Alexandra Puerto, Occidental College
  • Angelica Salas, Chirla

Sponsored by ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills, ACLU SoCal Occidental College, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles,, Occidental Office of Community Engagement, and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Julia Gould ( or Baillee Brown (

Immigration Reform Now