SMLR Presents Undocumented and Unafraid Event

September 28, 2012



EDITOR’S NOTE: ATTENTION POLITICAL, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS, Professor Janice Fine may be contacted at or 848-932-1746. Hyacinth Miller can be reached at

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Yesterday, Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) hosted a special event featuring Sofia Campos, chair of United We Dream, and Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, who spoke about the new immigrant youth movement, “undocumented and unafraid.” Seated before a room filled with more than 80 Rutgers University students and professors, Campos and Wong spoke about the new generation of undocumented immigrants and the book they have created, Undocumented and Unafraid, which captures the stories of undocumented young adults in America.

Above: Sofia Campos (on right), chair of United We Dream, speaks with Rutgers Professor Carlos Fernandez.
Above: Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, addresses a packed room of attendees at the "undocument and unafraid" event.
Above: Kent Wong (on left) speaks with event attendees about undocumented youths.

"It was important for our organizations to come together and educate students about this issue. The message of today's program is that young people can be movement makers," says Rutgers SMLR Professor Janice Fine, who organized this event along with Rutgers instructor Hyacinth Miller.

Ashley Koning, a Rutgers Ph.D. student from the Department of Political Science and manager at the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, shared recent research from Rutgers-Eagleton regarding the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds that 80 percent of New Jerseyans support the provisions of the proposed act. While the poll was taken two weeks before President Barack Obama’s announcement in June that he would implement parts of the DREAM Act by executive order, the findings suggest that his decision is likely to be popular in New Jersey.

After hearing the specifics of the DREAM Act, Garden Staters are evenly split at about 40 percent each between whether they “strongly” or “somewhat” support it, while 10 percent somewhat oppose the act, and 8 percent strongly oppose it. Results are from a statewide poll of 1,191 adults using both landlines and cell phones from May 31-June 4. The sample has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Majority support cuts across demographic lines.

This event was  presented by Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations in partnership with the Rutgers’ United Student Coalition, Rutgers Student Union, Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American Cultural Center, Division of Enrollment Services, Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Partnerships, Future Scholars, Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, College Avenue Campus Dean’s Office, Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy, Rutgers-Camden Immigrant Justice Clinic, Center for Migration and the Global City-Rutgers Newark, as well as the Latino Action Network, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Mexican American Conference of New Jersey, New Jersey Dream Act Coalition, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, Lazos America Unidos, and Anakbayan-NJ.

If you are interested in learning more about Undocumented and Unafraid, visit For more information on the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll visit


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CONTACT: Renée Walker, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, at 848-445-7582 or if you are interested in obtaining photos and conducting interviews.

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