CPRC Seminar - March 9th

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to:


“From Undocumented to DACAmented:

Understanding Legal Status in a New Policy Context"

presented by

Roberto G. Gonzales

Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


Thursday, March 9th, 2017

11:45pm - 12:45pm

Room 532B

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street


Videoconference is available at:

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



Due to the political gridlock in the U.S. Congress, the fate of more than two million young immigrants remains uncertain. With legalization efforts stalled, on June 15, 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a change in his administration’s enforcement policy that would temporarily defer deportations from the United States for undocumented youth and young adults, in addition to providing temporary Social Security numbers and two-year work permits. More than four years into the program, DACA beneficiaries have overcome several of the elements of exclusion they previously faced and they have taken a major step towards the American mainstream. However, many questions about their futures remain. Drawing from 476 in-depth interviews with DACA beneficiaries in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and Columbia, South Carolina Roberto Gonzales and his team find that while DACA has increased access to school and work opportunities, its beneficiaries remain in a legal limbo. Moreover, its benefits are conditioned by the local policy context, giving way to a mixed landscape of access and opportunity.


Roberto G. Gonzales is Assistant Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth along the life course. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Harvard Educational Review. His recent book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, based on a twelve year study, examines the adolescent and adult transitions of undocumented immigrant youth. Professor Gonzales was recently awarded the American Sociological Association Award for Public Sociology in International Migration and the AERA Scholar of Color Early Career Award. His research is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.


For additional information regarding the Spring 2017 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars