Community colleges ‘stand with’ undocumented immigrants

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School is inside the Mountain View College campus. (Photo by Rasy Ran)
Mountain View College (Photo by Rasy Ran)

The Dallas County Community College District took a stand for undocumented immigrants Tuesday.

Following the U.S Attorney General’s announcement that President Donald Trump would end the program that allows work permits for some immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, the community college system’s chancellor tried to reassure undocumented students.

Chancellor Joe May wrote a letter to students assuring them that, while the announcement is causing much uncertainty and fear otherwise, there should be no interruption to their education if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ends. May cited a Texas law that allows some undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates.

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During these uncertain and potentially tumultuous times, I want to assure our undocumented students that they are still welcome here at DCCCD. I want to say to each of those students that the end of DACA doesn’t stop you from achieving your higher education dreams here in Dallas County.

May closed the letter with his unfettered support for undocumented students: “Let me be clear: Our undocumented students are not alone. DCCCD stands with you. I stand with you.”

Read the full letter here.

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DACA, which took effect via an executive order from President Barak Obama in 2012, allows some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to apply for two-year deportation deferrals and receive work permits.

DACA recipients are not allowed to receive government assistance, including welfare, healthcare subsidies, housing vouchers or food aid.

Running the program has no cost to the United States government. But DACA recipients are required to pay income taxes, and it is estimated that deporting the 800,000 DACA recipients in the U.S. could cost $60 billion. Conservative estimates show that rescinding DACA could reduce economic growth by $280 billion, according to a report from the CATO institute.

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  • GeneP54

    Oh, and not all ‘Dreamers’ have been issued green cards. They can get them through the lottery, or they can get work cards that are good for two years by corporate sponsorship, but just because they’re here illegally doesn’t mean that they get a green card.
    And the word is ‘illegal’, not ‘undocumented’. They are very well documented because they went to our schools, work at our jobs, use out healthcare. The word is ‘illegal’.

  • GeneP54

    lol I guess reading is hard for you. Look up ‘DREAM Act’ and show me where that law has been passed. It hasn’t. According to the Constitution, only Congress can make laws, and that includes laws on immigration. And THAT means that any EO that ANY president gives without Congressional approval is illegal. Again, show me where I’m wrong and I’ll concede. You can’t. You won’t. You just want to denigrate me because of your own ignorance.
    Yea, I know it very well. It’s very obvious that you don’t.
    Would you please just read something about some of these issues? Read about how well respected Lee was. Read about the DREAM Act. Read about Lincoln. Then, please, come back and show me where I’m wrong. If I am, I’ll gladly admit it (will you??) and I love learning, so you can teach me something. (It’ll never happen because you won’t do it). I challenge you to show where I’m wrong. You just need to be right because you’ve so easily believed the lies.

  • grannybunny

    You might want to educate yourself about some issues before commenting. The Dreamers have been issued Green Cards, which is legal documentation. But, since you claim Robert E. Lee as a hero and deny that he and his ilk were traitors, it’s obvious you don’t know the meaning of “illegal.”

  • GeneP54

    The US Code gives direct laws for what is allowed as far as immigration. Anyone who doesn’t go through the proper channels and has the proper paperwork is here illegally. That includes ‘DREAMers’. Anyone who gives them jobs, who houses them, etc. is considered aiding and abetting and that is a felony.
    8 US Code , Section 1101 defines ‘alien’ and all of the ways that they can be here legally and illegally,
    8 US Code, Section 1234 discusses the penalties for hiring and assisting an illegal alien.
    The DREAM Act has never passed Congress. From Wikipedia:
    “On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting illegal immigrants who match certain criteria included in the proposed DREAM Act. On August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications under the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Thousands applied for the new program. Because DACA was designed in large measure to address the immigration status of the same people as the DREAM Act, the two programs are often debated together, with some making little distinction between them and others focusing on the difference between the DREAM Act’s legislative approach in contrast to the implementation of DACA through executive action. As of January 2017, 740,000 people have registered through DACA.”

    Immigration like that can only be passed by Congress, so obama’s move to grant admission by DACA is, in reality, illegal. and unconstitutional. So are ‘DREAMers’ since there is no such thing.

  • grannybunny

    What have they done that’s illegal?

  • GeneP54

    Yea, they are.

  • grannybunny

    What are you talking about? With few exceptions, citizenship is not available to Dreamers. However, they are excelling in educating themselves and working, have paid their fees, completed their background checks, stayed out of trouble and are contributing to society. It will hurt America greatly if we lose these bright young people.

  • KeepOurFreedoms

    Have they done anything to become a citizen? You aren’t talking about refugees, which all need to be vetted. They are illegals not immigrants. They need to be deported and they can take their kids with them.

  • grannybunny

    That’s simply not true. The Dreamers haven’t done anything illegal. However, some of their parents may have.

  • KeepOurFreedoms

    If they were legal they would be documented.

  • grannybunny

    Dreamers aren’t “illegals.”

  • KeepOurFreedoms

    Deport ALL Illegals.