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Fri January 10, 2014
Undocumented Youth, Concealed Carry, Alvin Sykes
Under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal program announced in 2012, young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children could come of out of the shadows: go to school, work legally, and get driver’s licenses without risk of deportation. Nationally, more than 1 million young people are eligible. But some who have applied have found themselves in a kind of limbo, because you can’t receive DACA if you’re in immigration custody, even if you’re eligible.
It’s been a year and a half since President Obama announced the executive order that could potentially transform the lives of many undocumented immigrants. We check in on how this program is working, and the effect it’s having on young people in the Kansas City area.
TELL KCUR: Have You Applied For A Concealed Carry Permit?
Record numbers of people have applied for concealed carry handgun permits in Kansas. More than 24,000 applied in 2013, exceeding the previous year’s applications by 50 percent. We asked if you were part of that number, and if so, why.
Kansas City native Alvin Sykes is a self-taught civil rights activist who has done instrumental work with the justice system, particularly with unsolved civil rights crimes, including the high-profile murder of Emmett Till, and the 1980 murder of Kansas City musician Steve Harvey. This month he is giving a talk at the Kansas City Public library, where he was the 2013 scholar in residence. Sykes educated himself in law and civil rights using resources from the city's public library system. He speaks with KCUR’s Laura Ziegler about his life and work.