Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Schools across California braced for news on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Tuesday, Trump announced he would phase out the program. Regardless of the decision, Dreamers are defiant. Some want to be publicly identified as they tell their stories, despite potential repercussions.
In the basement of the Cal State Northridge library on a recent weekend, attorney Julia Vazquez was giving one student a speech she has practiced a lot lately. "This goes over your rights to remain silent and to ask for a warrant before anyone comes inside," she said, gesturing at a red card she instructed the student to put into his wallet. "The No. 1 thing I tell people is do not speak without an attorney." Vazquez, an immigration law professor at Southwestern Law School, and several other volunteer attorneys were holding a legal clinic for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, created by President Obama in 2012, enables young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain work authorization and receive a temporary reprieve from deportation.
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.