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Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas to be in residence at UO

Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas to be in residence at UO / Around the O 

October 5, 2017 — At age 16, Jose Antonio Vargas went to the motor vehicles department to get a driver’s license and discovered he was in the U.S. illegally.

Jose Antonio Vargas

The green card he’d been given by family when he moved to America from the Philippines as a child was a fake. For years Vargas kept his status a secret, even as he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose writing appeared in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker.

Vargas will be telling his story to University of Oregon audiences as the 2017-18 Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics. On Oct. 24, he will give a public lecture, “Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” The event begins at 7 p.m. in Room 156, Straub Hall.

In 2011, Vargas wrote a groundbreaking essay for New York Times Magazine revealing himself as undocumented and appeared on the cover of Time magazine in conjunction with a follow-up story he wrote. Some of the ramifications were immediate: He lost the driver’s license he’d finally managed to obtain, and he had to have difficult conversations with close friends to whom he’d never told his secret. His status makes it unsafe to have a fixed address, so he travels most of the time, living in hotel rooms and staying with friends. › Continue reading

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Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

Alaí Reyes-Santos

CLLAS Editor’s Note: Alaí Reyes-Santos is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board and an associate professor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Source: Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

By Alaí Reyes-Santos

For The Register-Guard

SEPT. 28, 2017—Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and a U.S. territory since 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, serve in the U.S. military and have contributed to the economic growth and defense of the United States. Yet most Americans on the mainland ignore Puerto Rico’s existence and its significant place in U.S. history.

This is dangerous at a time when Category 4 Hurricane Maria has left the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated — without electricity or water; with limited access to food, water, medicines and transportation; with thousands of people displaced from their homes; and with floods and ruptured dams that threaten its most vulnerable populations. Public health and safety are compromised more by the minute. › Continue reading

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UO committed to keeping promise to Dreamers

Source: UO committed to keeping promise to Dreamers

Dreamers speak at a symposium organized by CLLAS, 2015 / photo by Jack Liu

By Ellen McWhirter, Michelle McKinley and Kristin Yarris

For The Register-Guard

Sept. 13, 2017

Like many, we are reeling in the wake of the decision announced by the Trump administration to end the DACA program. This decision undermines the missions of our community colleges, universities and public schools, and will damage our local, state and national economies. For the past several years, the University of Oregon Dreamers Working Group has raised awareness on campus of the assets our undocumented students bring to the university, the unique challenges they face that are above and beyond the challenges of other college students, and to help staff and faculty throughout campus better understand how to respect and support our undocumented students. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 Human Rights, Public Policy No Comments

No to the ending of DACA! CLLAS Statement 

No to the ending of DACA! CLLAS Statement 

In light of the recent decision from the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA, CLLAS joins the multiple voices across the University of Oregon, our state, and the nation rejecting this decision. CLLAS urges the Trump administration and Congress to continue this important program. DACA has brought hundreds of thousands of people out of the shadows, giving them the opportunity to openly be productive members of our society. 

CLLAS remains firmly committed to all students at the University of Oregon, including those protected under DACA. CLLAS also expresses its solidarity to the families of all DACA students. 

 As we urge the Trump administration and Congress to continue the DACA program, we also invite all faculty, staff, students, and community members to familiarize themselves with the various available resources concerning DACA and related issues (please visit our Resources tab).

DACA Rally, September 5, 2017
Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza
Lane County Courthouse, Eugene
Photographs by Feather Crawford

New: DACA Info Resources Page

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 Human Rights, News, Public Policy No Comments

President Schill calls for keeping DACA immigration policy | Around the O

Source: President Schill calls for keeping DACA immigration policy | Around the O

Michael Schill, UO President

September 5, 2017 – 9:42am

UO President Michael H. Schill sent the following message to the campus community Sept. 4 in anticipation of changes to federal immigration policy:

Members of the University of Oregon community,

President Trump this week is expected to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA. I join hundreds of university leaders as well as local, state, federal, and business leaders in strongly urging President Trump to continue this program. I also write to let our students know that we support them, and to provide information about where our students and their families can go for assistance, should the need arise. 

In a world full of ambiguities, there is no ambiguity for me about the importance of continuing DACA. My view of morality dictates that young people, many of whom were brought here as infants or toddlers, must be allowed to remain in the United States to learn, work, and make a life for themselves. The United States is their home. To uproot them would be wrong. Period. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 News, Public Policy No Comments

CLLAS Town Hall with Jose Antonio Vargas

October 26, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

UO campus
Crater Lake South
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Room 145
1222 E. 13th Ave.
Eugene, OR  97403

A conversation about undocumented America

 Jose Antonio Vargas is the 2017-2018 Morse Chair and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. In 2011, he published a story in the New York Times Magazine titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Since then, he has devoted himself to changing the cultural and policy conversations about immigration through filmmaking and activism.  His organization, Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. This conversation with Vargas will be moderated by Chris Chávez (School of Journalism and Communication).

Sponsored by CLLAS, UO School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Journalism and Communication.

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