DACA understudies confront increased anxiety vulnerability under Trump organization cuindependent

“Undocumented students at CU are facing additional stress as speculation rises that the Trump administration will cut the DACA program.
Named u201cDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,u201d the program was created in 2012 as an executive order from then-President Barack Obama. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16-years-old to receive a two-year deferral of removal and a work permit. DACA does not provide a path to citizenship, but it can be renewed indefinitely.
So far, the Trump administration has not made any changes to DACA, despite President Trump taking a hard stance against it during his election campaign. In light of the recent executive orders barring immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, many worry that other immigration policies like DACA are next on the cutting board.
There are currently 72 DACA students at CU, according to INVST program director Sabrina Sideris. Despite the common stereotype that undocumented people in the U.S. are from Mexico and Latin America, about one-third of CUu2019s DACA students are from countries outside of Latin America, including places such as China, Ghana and Thailand, according to David Aragon, assistant vice chancellor in CUu2019s Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.
Aragon said that there is a student group for undocumented students, Inspired Dreamers at CU, and the administration is putting together a task force of staff, faculty and students to identify the needs of undocumented students.
Aragon also said there was a need for greater understanding in the larger CU community about undocumented students. u201cOn average, DACA students arrived in the U.S. at six years of age,u201d he said. u201cTheir entire experience has been in the U.S. and they really donu2019t know any other country besides the United States.u201d”

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