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Lawrence hosting community forum on status of DACA

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Lawrence University will host a community forum to address questions and concerns regarding that decision.

Monica Santa Maria
Mónica Santa María

Madison-based immigration attorney Mónica Santa María will lead the program “Rescission of DACA:  Understanding the Current Immigration Environment” Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center cinema, 711 E. Boldt Way. The event is free and open to the public.

During her presentation, Santa María will provide background on the DACA program, including the status of various active lawsuits filed both against the program and against its rescission. She’ll also discuss the differences between the benefits provided by DACA (prosecutorial discretion) and legal status and action steps for DACA beneficiaries and their family members. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program.

Following her presentation, Santa María will be available to Lawrence community members for 20-minute one-on-one conversations related to DACA/undocumented topics until 8 p.m. Anyone interesting in speaking with her can sign up by contacting the Diversity Center, 920-832-7051 or diversitycenter@lawrence.edu.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Santa María opened her own law firm earlier this year. She began her law career in 2008 with the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn, where she worked with the firm’s labor and employment group, focusing on immigration law. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a Spanish-English medical interpreter in various clinics and hospitals in the Madison area.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from MIT.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

Economic effects of U.S. immigration policies explored in Povolny Lecture Series presentation

Sarah Bohn, a 1999 Lawrence University graduate, returns to her alma mater to discuss the economic results proposed U.S. policies may have on unauthorized immigrants, especially those from Mexico, as part of the 2017 Povolny Lecture Series in International Studies “Trade and Migration: Globalization at Issue.”

A headshot of Lawrence University graduate Sarah Bohn.
Sarah Bohn ’99

Currently a current research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank fellow, Bohn presents “Economic Consequences of U.S. Policy Toward Unauthorized Immigration” Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The issue of unauthorized immigration has intensified as a political topic since the 2016 presidential election. U.S. policymakers are poised to make major changes that could have far-reaching effects in shaping the country and the economy.

A labor economist, Bohn specializes in public policy that affects individual and family economic well-being, with a focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. She has written on issues ranging from the labor market impact of immigration policy to the workforce skills gap. Her current research focuses on social safety net policy and job training through public career technical education.

After earning a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in economics and mathematics at Lawrence, Bohn earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Maryland.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

Legal expert leads community presentation on immigration

An expert on immigration law will lead a community forum at Lawrence University to address questions and concerns regarding the latest developments.

A headshot of chair of the immigration practice group at the Burlington, Vt., law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. Leigh Cole.
Leigh Cole

Leigh Cole, chair of the immigration practice group at the Burlington, Vt., law firm Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., presents “Understanding Immigration in the Current Environment” Wednesday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Lawrence’s Warch Campus Center cinema. The program is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Cole will discuss issues ranging from the president’s latest executive order, the unstable immigration environment and travel restrictions to how employers are and should be responding, the reduction in admitted refugees and border searchers for travelers entering the United States.

Cole, who also serves as immigration counsel to the California law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the senior editor of AILA’s annual Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook.

She is the current chair of the Board of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, which is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, a network dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and current critical global issues.

A photo of the United States map with immigration issues.Cole earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in New York.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are currently more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, including eight million in the work force. On Feb. 21, the Department of Homeland Security issued new orders in support of President Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.