"This announcement brought hope, but it only works if it’s implemented. We will continue to push forward.”
That's what Alaa Mukahhal, a 26 year-old Chicago-based Dream Act activist facing deportation, told Maria Zamudio this week about President Obama's announcement that he will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria.
The plan allows these young people the right to work legally and not have to worry about deportation for renewable two-year periods.
But what will the announcement practically mean for young people facing deportation in Chicago, like Mukahhal?
Later today on the Barber Shop Show, we'll talk to Mukahhal and others about the President's change in enforcement and what it means for their future. Is it just a political ploy, or does it offer real hope to young people who want to stay in the U.S. and contribute to our society?
Also joining us will be Roberto G. Gonzalez, assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and author of the study "Wasted Talent and Broken Dreams: The Lost Potential of Undocumented Students."
And as always, our hosts and Barber Shop patrons will offer their thoughts, ideas and opinions on this important issue.
What do you think of Obama's Dream Act Lite, as some have called it?
Is it a step in the right direction or, given the disfunction in D.C. and the acrimony engendered by Obama's decision to bypass Congress with this move, does it virtually eliminate any possible chance of bipartisan action on real immigration reform for some time?
Tune into the Barber Shop Show on Friday at 12 p.m. on Vocalo 89.5 FM or stream the show live at Vocalo.org.
Photo credit: Jens Schott Knudsen