FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Students at the University of Arkansas will be producing a documentary on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was cast into doubt after the Trump administration moved to begin phasing out its use.
The program was initiated during the Obama administration as a way to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
UA students are being afforded the opportunity to examine DACA in more detail through the making of a documentary, in which students will have the chance to interview as many as 75 young people living in the U.S. under different levels of protection.
Students will use cameras not only to interview DACA recipients, but to document their lives as well.
Professor Bill Schwab is a member of the faculty in the sociology department. He is leading the class, and said the timing of the film is powerful, and will be focused on educating those in the program.
“It’s one of the most important times in the immigration debate in our society, and we’re going to be interviewing undocumented young people, and young people who who have been awarded deferred action, and find out one, how they got into this country in the first place, how they were brought to this country, but more importantly, their educational experiences K through 12,” Schwab said.
The students making the documentary also heard from Emmy-winning filmmaker and UA journalism professor Larry Foley, who talked with them about how to film and interview.
There is no set time table on when the film will be finished.