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UNG series spotlights issues for undocumented students
DACA program defers deportation for underage immigrants
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Sayra Lopez, 21, speaks to University of North Georgia students during an "I AM DACA Series" event hosted by the UNG Latino Student Association at UNG, Gainesville Campus, in Oakwood. Lopez was unaware she was undocumented until she turned 16 and was asking her parents to get her driver's license. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Perhaps facts and figures can’t compete with raw emotion when it comes to fixing what Democrats and Republicans agree is a broken national immigration system. “What motivates people to care about this issue is our hearts, not our minds,” said Dr. Marie Marquardt, a scholar-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta who has published academic work on the lives of undocumented Latino immigrants. “I believe in the power of stories to change hearts.”