By Sarah Parks
Dozens of people attended a panel at the University of Nevada, Reno on Monday to discuss the future of undocumented students.
The event comes on the heels of Donald Trump being named President-Elect. He promised during the campaign to strengthen border security and conduct mass deportations, and now it’s unclear what will happen next.
A social justice advocacy group named PLAN hosted the event. The concerns they heard ranged from students not knowing how their families would be affected by potential changes, to federal legislation, to teachers not knowing how to help their undocumented students feel safe in the classroom.
“There’s a lot of fear of that, of separation. So one of the key things that we have said is not to panic, we don’t know what the President-Elect is going to do,” said Claudia Castaneda-Flamenco, a volunteer with PLAN.
She still encouraged undocumented students to apply or renew their applications for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Casteneda-Flamenco also advised undocumented students to stay out of trouble and to seek legal aid if they have any questions about their status.
DACA was implemented in 2012 and has provided temporary legal status for more than half a million undocumented students.
This report was produced in collaboration with our media partner KUNR, Reno Public Radio.