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ERIC Number: EJ1143091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr-25
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Are DACA Students Still Safe to Stay?
Patel, Pooja
New England Journal of Higher Education, Apr 2017
The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about the future of the DACA program, creating uncertainty among recipients and their families. A leaked draft of an internal memo hinted that the Trump administration intends to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Given such ambiguity, advocates like Gregory Chen, the director of advocacy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, are cautioning "Dreamers"--DACA beneficiaries--from enrolling in the DACA program. In a letter initiated by Pomona College, 639 college presidents, including 72 in New England, have pledged their support for the DACA program and stand with their undocumented students. The letter urges the country's leaders to uphold, continue, and expand the DACA program, declaring DACA a "moral imperative" and a "national necessity" because America requires more talent to sustain its competitiveness. Undocumented students are a vulnerable but important part of New England's future workforce, economy, and community. New England, as a higher education hub, is inextricably tied to its international population. In an increasingly competitive global economy, providing access to higher education for all students and enabling them to become contributing members of the region's communities only serves to strengthen New England's workforce--one that in New England is indisputably challenged by population decline. The author argues that extending higher education opportunities to undocumented students benefits both the students and the region's economy. This article discusses current aid guidelines and recently proposed state and federal legislation pertaining to financial aid for undocumented students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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