Guest editorial (Wheeling): On DACA, Trump abiding by the oath he took

Posted September 12, 2017

City business leaders voiced concern on Friday about the dismantling of a program protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, saying that in addition to uprooting members of the community, it could cost the state millions in economic output. "It's going to impact a lot of society whether they work as engineers, nurses, lawyers and doctors", said Corzo. President Donald Trump has announced he will rescind the program in March if Congress can not come up with a solution for them.

In the meantime, says Napolitano, the University of California system will do all it can to reassure these students that their education, financial status and safety on campus will not be jeopardized.

This is the same president, mind you, who said in February that he'd deal with the dreamers "with heart" - and whose Department of Homeland Security in April deported someone who was participating in the DACA program.

Zeid also voiced alarm at an "increase in detentions and deportations of well-established and law-abiding immigrants" in the United States.

Notwithstanding his tweet, the almost 800,000 immigrants who obtained temporary work permits and deportation protections via DACA can not necessarily rest easy. Another 57,000 of those eligible at the time had completed at least a bachelor's degree.

Trump has promised to be compassionate in dealing with DREAMers. If their permits expire before March, 5, 2018, they are eligible to renew them for another two years as long as they apply by October 5, but the program isn't accepting new applications.

There are some bills on the table that could gain steam for a DACA replacement, and some lawmakers are in favor of passing the Dream Act of 2017 that has been getting worked on for years.

A government shut down - after December 15 when the continuing resolution that just passed Congress expires - could never be blamed on Republicans. We evaluate applications from undocumented prospective students under our need-blind admissions policy with a commitment to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need regardless of country of citizenship or immigration status.

"Basically, it means that individuals who now have DACA can keep (it) until it naturally expires", Alvarez said.

"They don't even speak Spanish anymore", he said. This action will have a devastating effect on the Dreamers, their families, friends, schools, and employers. They graduate in significant numbers.

We are the land of opportunity, and we can not pride ourselves on that unless we make a change and stand with those who want the opportunities that were promised to them.