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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 12, 2019 — In August 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an American immigration policy that covered children who were brought to the United States by their parents.

Based on an executive memorandum by former President Barack Obama, those children would receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S.

Two years later, Obama wanted to expand DACA to cover additional people who entered the U.S. without proper documents, but some state governments filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court, which then ruled to block any expansion.

In 2017, United States Department of Homeland Security rescinded expansion and continued to review the DACA program as a whole.

President Obama’s successor has openly spoken of phasing out DACA, but the political pushback has been strong, especially in Democratic or Democratic-leaning states. (Even some Congressional Republicans have expressed reservations about punishing young people who had no say in what their parents did.)

More than a few children brought to America illegally have gone on to graduate college, serve in the military and contribute to their communities on a daily basis.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act, which would offer a path to citizenship; whether the GOP-controlled Senate passes it is unknown.

In the meantime, DACA supporters can participate in the DACAversary starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (June 14) and at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. This event will allow people to celebrate “the power and resilience of our migrant communities.” Saturday (June 15) will offer workshops at a different location. Living United for Change and four other organizations are sponsoring the DACAversary. To get involved or learn more, visit or

Wednesday, June 12

Elizabeth Segal, an Arizona State University professor and author of Social Empathy, will speak at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. For more details, check out

Thursday, June 13

Kate Gallego will give the Mayor’s State of the City Address at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St. Tickets start at $120; the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. For more details, visit

Saturday, June 15

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the end of slavery throughout the former Confederate States of America. A celebration of this historic act will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastlake Park in Phoenix. There will be presentations, film screenings, a children’s zone, entertainment, food, vendors and more. For other details, go to

It’s no secret that there are huge political divisions in our nation (predating Donald Trump). “How to Talk Across the Political Divide: Better Angels Skills Workshop” will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. at 626 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix. To learn more, check out

Tuesday, June 18

Arizona Medicare for All Coalition is sponsoring a crowd canvass urging U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton to co-sponsor Medicare for All will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. Visit this Facebook page for related info:

A Trump 2020 Re-Election Watch Party will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Republican Party of Arizona office, 3501 N. 24th St. in Phoenix. Find more information at

Wednesday, June 19

The Phoenix Indian Center will hold a forum on the Jobs Preparedness Program at 1 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. The program is open to native Americans, Alaskan natives and Hawaiians. Go to for more details.

Thursday, June 20

Sassan Afshin and Frances Lechner will speak on “21 Days in Iran: An Enlightening and Entertaining Look at its People, Politics, Economics and Culture” at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. To learn more, check out

Friday, June 21

SMOCA is presenting Sunset in the Skyspace at 7:30 p.m. People can celebrate the summer solstice by watching the sunset in James Turrell’s Knight Rise Skyspace. Admission is $10; go to to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, June 26

Get to Give: Arizona Helping Hands will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the AHH warehouse 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of essential needs for boys and girls in foster care. Tickets are $10; learn more at

June 26 and 27

The Maricopa County Democratic Party is holding a Presidential Debate Watch starting at 6 p.m. at various Harkins Theatre locations in the metro Phoenix area. Visit to learn more.

Friday, June 28

The “In The Line of Duty” Benefit Concert will be held at 4 p.m. at Heights Church, 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, Prescott. This is a tribute to first responders. There will be a country music show and barbecue. Tickets are $35; for more info, go to

June 30

Shockmaster director John Waters will speak on This Filthy World at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. He also has a new book Mr. Know It All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or other information,

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