Last week news outlets and immigration advocates reported the possible termination of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program—a program which began under the Obama administration that provides eligible participants protection against deportation and the ability to work legally.
An end to the program would have devastating effects for both the 800,000 people in the program and their families. The California State University system serves approximately 8,000 students who are beneficiaries of the program, many of whom have been able to finance their education and support their families because of their ability to work legally. The elimination of the DACA program will undoubtedly impact students, their families, and their communities.
Currently, there is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative effort with the reintroduction of the DREAM Act that would place into law the protections provided by DACA. A link to the DREAM Act can be found here.
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