California colleges urge Trump to grant reprieve for undocumented students

  • California colleges urge Trump to grant reprieve for undocumented students

California colleges urge Trump to grant reprieve for undocumented students

She also said she would meet with undocumented student coordinators across the UCs.

The worry is that federal immigration enforcement officials could swoop onto college campuses to apprehend and deport immigrant students.

Nationwide, there are more than 1,932,000 students eligible for DACA, and 43 percent of those student were accepted into the program as of June.

Anxious about President-elect Donald Trump's threats to send 11 million illegal immigrants packing, leaders of the state's public higher education system took collective action Tuesday to try and protect at least a portion of those at risk: tens of thousands of their own students. The program, enacted by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows undocumented immigrants into the US who entered the country if they were younger than 16 and have not committed any serious crimes. The committees also call for the same amenities to be offered to undocumented students that citizens are allowed, such as in-state tuition.

College and university leaders across the country, and here in California, are concerned about reports regarding potential actions you might be considering, including ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"W$3 e recognize and share the deep anxiety that campaign rhetoric and proposals have created for many members of the Harvard community", Faust wrote in her email. More than 720,000 of these young immigrants have been approved for the program, which protects them from deportation for two-year periods. Faust joined other university presidents last week in signing a letter to political leaders defending DACA. In recent weeks, students at universities across the country have pushed for their schools to adopt this designation-a largely symbolic term without a clear definition.

Immigration rights attorneys and activists spoke at NYU about potential upcoming challenges
Immigration rights attorneys and activists spoke at NYU about potential upcoming challenges

Students and faculty urged the UC to establish sanctuary campuses at each UC location.

DACA was implemented in 2012 and has provided temporary legal status for more than half a million undocumented students.

The statement, posted November 30 on the website of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, says it hopes "the students in our communities who have qualified for DACA are able to continue their studies without interruption and that many more students in their situation will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses".

But undocumented student Daishi Tanaka '19 said he thinks Harvard should send a message with a specific designation as a sanctuary campus, and was disappointed that Faust's email did not do so.

Next spring San Diego State will be the fifth CSU campus to have a "dream success resource area" that has a dedicated space to support undocumented students on campus.