If Trump Ends DACA, Here’s How Many Students Could Be Affected

President Trump has vacillated between expelling all undocumented immigrants and expelling only those with criminal pasts. And his administration’s lack of clarity on the issue so far leaves the fate of many undocumented students at U.S. colleges and universities up in the air.

Many undocumented college students benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012. DACA provides protection from deportation and a work permit for two years for many undocumented immigrants who were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012, who came to the U.S. when they were younger than 16, if they meet specific requirements.

According to data collected by Educators for Fair Consideration, a nonprofit that advocates for undocumented immigrants, 2.1 million people in the United States might qualify for DACA deferrals. The nonprofit also estimated that about 65,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from high school each year, but only 10,000 graduate from college.

The states with the largest populations of potential DACA beneficiaries are California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and New York. More than a million undocumented immigrants might qualify for DACA in these states alone, according to the American Immigration Council.

There are signs that the Trump administration at least appreciates the magnitude of the issue. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the president “understands” the situation that undocumented students are in.

President Trump has expressed sympathy for unauthorized immigrants who come to the United States at a young age, and his administration is currently accepting DACA applications.

Yet Trump has also established he’s not afraid to leverage federal funding to get his way. Last Thursday, for example, he threatened to cut funding from U.C. Berkeley after campus protests turned into riots over a scheduled Milo Yiannopoulos speech. Trump also signed an executive order to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Many universities have pledged to protect the identity of their unauthorized immigrant students, including the University of California system. In a statement issued in November, U.C. pledged to “continue to admit students in a manner consistent with our nondiscrimination policy” and maintained that “undocumented applicants with or without DACA status will be considered for admission.”

Read the full article and see all the charts and numbers on USA Today.


Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

More than 100  foundations have signed on to a joint statement on immigration.

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has been the standard bearer internationally for the assertion and protection of inalienable rights and freedoms, a beacon of hope for refugees facing oppression and persecution, and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

As philanthropic institutions, we have built our missions on this proud and rich tradition. We have invested in creating healthy communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, building a vibrant democracy, and advancing equity and equality for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and national origin.

The recently issued immigration executive orders compromise our nation’s founding principles and the Constitution, our standing in the world, and our core values of liberty, justice, and due process. They weaken our moral leadership, fuel the efforts of those who wish us ill, harm our global competitiveness, and fray our social fabric.

Our foundations support diverse issues, strategies, and communities across the country, but we are united in the belief that immigrants and refugees are integral to every aspect of our society. Newcomers enrich our culture and tradition as artists, playwrights, and dancers. Naturalized citizens strengthen our civic life as voters, jurors, school-board members, and elected officials. Immigrant entrepreneurs and refugee-owned businesses revitalize neighborhoods, towns, and cities across America. Foreign-born scientists and engineers fuel innovations and help our country prosper. Farmworkers put food on our tables, and caregivers nurture our children, care for our elders, and nurse our ill. Young newcomers—including DACA beneficiaries—demonstrate their patriotism and enthusiasm for American ideals in schools, communities, workplaces, and the armed forces. Without the contributions of immigrants and refugees now and throughout our history, our collective well being and economic vitality would be greatly diminished.

We, the undersigned philanthropies, join public officials, the faith community, business leaders, and the American public in supporting policies that protect our national security, strengthen our economy, and uphold core American values. We stand with our grantees—advocates, organizers, researchers, and service providers—in calling for policies that reflect our nation’s founding principles, promote cohesion and inclusion, instill hope, and show compassion. Policies that recognize our global interdependence, that honor our tradition of welcoming those seeking refuge and a better life, and that keep families together will make our communities stronger, safer, and more prosperous.

We expect additional challenges in the weeks and months ahead on the immigration front, including expanded detention and deportations, and on policies affecting the rights of women, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable groups. The issues, communities, and core values that our foundations have sought to advance are under serious and imminent danger. With history and morality as our guide, we reject discriminatory policies that target individuals based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other grounds. We stand committed to the inherent value and dignity of every person at home and abroad. We stand together for the American Dream.

See the statement, all the signatories, and learn more on the GCIR website.