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  • Article: DACA at the Three-Year Mark: High Pace of Renewals, But Processing Difficulties Evident. By Angelo Mathay and Margie McHugh

    DACA at the Three-Year Mark: High Pace of Renewals, But Processing Difficulties Evident


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    This post originally appeared on Migration Policy Institute. Reprinted with permission.

    About The Author

    Angelo Mathay

    Angelo Mathay is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, where he works on adult education, workforce training, and postsecondary education issues.Previously, Mr. Mathay worked at the National Immigration Law Center as a DACA Law Fellow, where he connected DREAMers to legal service providers, developed models for providing legal services to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants, and conducted administrative advocacy regarding DACA implementation. During law school, he clerked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Los Angeles and San Francisco office), Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, and Judge Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also served as co-editor-in-chief of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal and as a member of LEAD (formerly the Diversity Task Force). Mr. Mathay earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Specialization).

    Margie McHugh

    Margie McHugh is Director of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. The Center is a national hub for leaders in government, community affairs, business and academia to obtain the insights and knowledge they need to respond to the challenges and opportunities that today’s high rates of immigration pose for communities across the United States. It provides in-depth research, policy analysis, technical assistance, training and information resource services on a broad range of immigrant integration issues. Ms. McHugh’s work focuses on education quality and access issues for immigrants and their children from early childhood through K-12 and adult, post-secondary and workforce skills programs. She also leads the Center’s work seeking a more coordinated federal response to immigrant integration needs and impacts, and more workable systems for recognition of the education and work experience immigrants bring with them to the United States. Prior to joining MPI, Ms. McHugh served for 15 years as Executive Director of The New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella organization for over 150 groups in New York that uses research, policy development, and community mobilization efforts to achieve landmark integration policy and program initiatives. During her time with NYIC, Ms. McHugh oversaw research, writing, and publication of over a dozen reports dealing with issues such as the quality of education services provided to immigrant students in New York’s schools, the lack of availability of English classes for adult immigrants, the voting behavior of foreign-born citizens, and barriers faced by immigrants seeking to access health and mental health services. Prior to joining NYIC, Ms. McHugh served as Deputy Director of New York City’s 1990 Census Project and as Executive Assistant to New York Mayor Ed Koch’s chief of staff. She is the recipient of dozens of awards recognizing her efforts to bring diverse constituencies together and tackle tough problems, including the prestigious Leadership for a Changing World award. She has served as a member and officer on the boards of directors for both the National Immigration Forum and Working Today; on the editorial board of Migration World Magazine; and has held appointive positions in a variety of New York city and state commissions, most notably the Commission on the Future of the City University of New York and the New York Workers’ Rights Board. Ms. McHugh is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.

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