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Demand for UC immigrant student legal services soars as Trump policies sow uncertainty

Los Angeles Times

Maria Blanco did a double take when the Google alert popped up in her inbox late last week: President Trump had reversed his campaign pledge and decided to continue a federal program temporarily suspending deportations of young people who are in the country illegally. The news thrilled Blanco, an attorney who heads the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center -- the nation's first and only university system to provide free legal aid to students without legal status and their families. But her excitement was quashed within hours, when administration officials clarified that they still had made "no final determination" on the program -- called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA -- leaving in question the fate of 750,000 young immigrants under its protection. An estimated 3,700 students without legal status attend UC campuses. "It's such a roller-coaster ride," Blanco said Saturday.


Trump's election triggers flood of immigration questions

Associated Press

She was brought to the country illegally as a child and has been able to get a work permit and avoid deportation through a federal program called, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. She was brought to the country illegally as a child and has been able to get a work permit and avoid deportation through a federal program called, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He said many of the questions are from young people living in the country illegally who were granted work permits under a federal program started by President Barack Obama's administration. The most urgent inquiries have been from young people benefiting from a 2012 federal program started by President Barack Obama's administration that allows immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to avoid deportation and get work permits.


Trump's election triggers flood of immigration questions

Associated Press

She was brought to the country illegally as a child and has been able to get a work permit and avoid deportation through a federal program called, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. She was brought to the country illegally as a child and has been able to get a work permit and avoid deportation through a federal program called, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He said many of the questions are from young people living in the country illegally who were granted work permits under a federal program started by President Barack Obama's administration. The most urgent inquiries have been from young people benefiting from a 2012 federal program started by President Barack Obama's administration that allows immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to avoid deportation and get work permits.


Debate over in-state tuition for students in U.S. illegally

PBS NewsHour

A proposal in Tennessee could make it the 21st state to offer cheaper in-state college tuition to undocumented students. Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make that state the 21st. Supporters in states where the tuition benefit is available say the policy has boosted Latino enrollment and has helped these students contribute to the economy. Opponents say the policy wrongly rewards immigrants who entered the country illegally.


UC sues Trump administration for shutting down DACA, which UC's president helped create

Los Angeles Times

The University of California sued the Trump administration Friday for rescinding protections for immigrant students without legal status, saying the action unconstitutionally violates their rights on "nothing more than unreasoned executive whim." The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is the first legal effort by a university to block the Trump administration's decision this week to end protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as minors. Known as "Dreamers," the young people were given a reprieve from deportation and access to work permits if they arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and stayed in school and out of trouble. The 10-campus UC system has about 4,000 students -- along with teachers, researchers and healthcare providers -- who are in the country illegally. President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, sparked an uproar, with rallies and protests across the nation and objections from lawmakers across the political spectrum.