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'More questions than answers': Md. campuses react to decision ending DACA program

06 September 2017

Cornell has since endorsed these resolutions, and so Dreamers and their allies have placed their trust in the University to protect them. I mean, we're a family. This can be my home. I can go to school. Immigrant applicants for HB 1403, an in-state tuition affidavit, might provide a clue, but the 2016 count of 843 includes out-of-state students, transfer students and others with general undocumented status.

Her sister is also a Dreamer and her mom is in the process of becoming a legal citizen now, but her dad is afraid of repercussion after being here for 20 years.

How many DACA recipients are in California and how many are students? "And it's scary", said Alvarez.

Cornell President Martha Pollack wrote a letter to the Cornell community Tuesday responding to the White House's rescission of the DACA program.

At CCRI and campuses across the region, officials pledged to continue supporting students with DACA status in the coming weeks and months.

"Last year I, along with many other university presidents nationwide, signed the Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Undocumented Immigrant Students". As the leaders of CMU, we cherish all of our students and add our voices urging Congress to quickly find a pathway that will allow current and future undocumented students, all of whom have spent years being educated in the United States, to complete their studies and become valuable community leaders.

The second demonstration Tuesday took place at the Uptown Normal circle. Around 100 people were in attendance as it got underway around 4 p.m.

The end of the DACA program fulfills one of Trump's campaign promises, although he has expressed hesitance to end the program, saying he has a "love for these people, and hopefully Congress will be able to help them properly".

The march ended outside of a Phoenix Police Department station, though some students later were taken by volunteers to a different protest outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's downtown Phoenix office.

"I'm more than anything really disappointed", said Bautista Zugaide, who came to the US from a small town outside Mexico City at age 11. William & Mary will keep doing all we can to support them.

She directed her advisory committee on undocumented students to figure out the best way to support UC students who rely on DACA.

The university issued a statement Tuesday morning stating that the university has joined the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in seeking "swift congressional action" to address the issue of approximately 800,000 DACA recipients potentially being deported to countries they hardly know.

"We know that these students are the ones that are going to continue to improve the economy in this country", Wilcox said. It will continue to renew permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months-meaning Congress does have time to act before any now protected individuals lose their ability to work, study and live without fear of deportation.

Foster said he hopes Congress will come up with a solution to continue to protect DACA recipients like Lara.

"We came here to protest because we think it's the right thing to do", Gomez said.

While Syverud's denouncements of Trump's actions may be mistaken as an outlet for his personal beliefs, it's important to remember these statements are indicative of Syverud's willingness to localize and humanize these issues to support SU students who are affected by the policies.

'More questions than answers': Md. campuses react to decision ending DACA program