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Immigration Fight Could Spark New Civil Rights Era, Cornell Professor Tells Journalists

Future decisions by the Trump administration on immigration enforcement could signal the next civil rights movement, a Cornell Law School professor told journalists Friday at an Education Writers Association seminar.

“I think that, to the extent the new administration tries to ratchet up immigration enforcement generally and perhaps terminates DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), that will activate a lot of people on campuses and elsewhere,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, who served as a panelist during “‘Sanctuary Campuses’ and Undocumented Students in Higher Ed” at the University of Pennsylvania.

“If you look back, a lot of changes were made through student activism … on campuses,” said Yale-Loehr, who’s also a practicing immigration lawyer. “It really did a lot to motivate the public to accept new changes.”