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Notes on DACA: Where Are We Now? What Happens Next? And How Will Tulsa Be Affected?

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Aired on Tuesday, November 21st.

On this installment of ST, we hear about how people living and working here in Tulsa would be affected by the cancellation of DACA, which President Trump proposed earlier this year. The DACA (or "Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival") Program is an Obama-era federal statue allowing some children who entered the U.S. illegally to stay here as long as they meet certain criteria; there are now about 800,000 DACA recipients in this country. Our guests today are two young people based in Tulsa who are both DACA recipients, and who both came to the U.S. at a young age. We are also joined by Emma Thadani, who is the Chair of Immigration Issues for a local nonprofit known as ACTION -- as in, "Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods" -- which works to organize institutions throughout the community in order to foster public engagement, democratic culture, social justice, and positive change. As we learn today, ACTION will host a free "Tulsans Speak Out on DACA" event on Thursday, November 30th, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (2515 E. 1st Street). This gathering begins at 7pm; more info is posted here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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