California Colleges Undaunted by Trump's Decision to Phase Out DACA

Students in a computer lab at Rhode Island College

Students in a computer lab at Rhode Island College Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Amidst waves of chants and applause, ralliers heard from speakers ranging from undocumented students at Yale to local immigrant rights advocates. It's important for you to know where we stand - and our message to the DACA recipients in our community is simple - we stand with you. But it was still "devastating".

"I am livid that this is what it takes to bring people together", Jason Ramos said as many demonstrators wiped away tears.

He asked that administration show DACA students they are a part of the Wildcat community and that they should have the opportunity to fulfill academic, professional, and social goals. But Homeland Security will not accept new applications for work permits, but some renewals will be granted. "It kind of forces us to figure out another plan or another way to maintain our livelihood".

Ramon Garibaldo Valdez GRD '22, proudly declaring that he is "undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic", reminded the crowd that DACA was the result of rigorous lobbying and activism from the would-be DACA recipients, rather than just "spoils of the Obama administration". "Now we are kind of stripped of those privileges". Starting in 2001, California has allowed undocumented students to pay the discounted in-state levels of tuition at public colleges and universities.

At the meeting, several K-State officials - including Madai Rivera, the university's diversity coordinator; Larry Moeder, director of financial aid and admissions; and student body president Jack Ayres and vice president Olivia Baalman - clarified questions some students had about the change to the program and offered resources for affected students.

The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska will introduce three government bills during its Wednesday, Sept. 6, senate meeting.

"Our DACA students assist in cultivating a diverse and unique environment at VCU", the statement read.

Both presidents said they will monitor future DACA discussions and keep the campus community updated on new information.

Chancellor Robert Jones issued a statement reiterating a similar pledge made a year ago.

He hopes citizens who support DACA students will raise their voice and pressure elected representatives to protect and support DACA students and community members.

"I wonder what's going to happen to them", he said. She's a "dreamer" and a Trump supporter.

Congress will have until March 5, 2018, to make a decision on DACA, when its protections are set to expire. The ability for Dreamers to receive student loans at UC and CSU were added to the mix more recently. Further evidence lies in the University's immediate response to the violence and hate speech in Charlottesville, along with last week's decision against eliminating the Foreign Student Employment Program. "That is the most hard part". But when she was teen, the Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed. That means, after graduation, those students continue to live and work right here in Kern County. The university is also helping students who chose to transfer to schools outside the U.S.

Hildalgo said she came here from Mexico with her parents and brother when she was an infant. "I still wouldn't be able to pick up everything and go back, because I've grown up here".

"I was eight when I came here - I didn't know what I was doing", Loma said. My post-graduation plans are here. All they are asking for is a chance to EARN their stay and give back to this country.

Grecia Cantu said her parents brought her to the USA from Mexico when she was eight years old. We started growing up.

Again, let me express my personal disappointment toward this action that will have such a profoundly negative impact on our nation, our state, our university, and so many of our colleagues, students and friends.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded President Donald Trump's decision to phase out DACA, which was an executive order former President Barack Obama passed in 2012. We are not hurting anyone.

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