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.

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.

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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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  • 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.