March 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. ET with María Blanco and Grant L. Azdell
The second installment of the six-part NASPA Hill Days Live Briefing Series is designed for both Hill Days participants and student affairs professionals across the country interested in building general knowledge on immigration and international students through an advocacy framework. This briefing will delve into the legislative and regulatory landscape faced by immigrant and international students in the Trump Administration and challenges this landscape brings for student affairs professionals in supporting student success. The briefing will include advocacy tips participants can use to engage with their state or federal elected officials and/or appropriate agency staff. This is a stand-alone briefing that will provide foundational information for the July 2018 in-person Hill Days sessions and meetings and is recommended for those wishing to engage in direct state or federal advocacy on behalf of immigrant or international students.
“Welcome to the Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community! As one of the latest KC’s to be established, we are on an exciting journey and we are thrilled to have you join us! This is a resource and space for undocumented immigrants and allies to connect to support undocumented students and their families. Follow us on social media and connect with us at the regional and national conference to see how we can work together to gain knowledge, create resources and advocate with and for undocumented immigrants and their families. Be sure to sign up for our e-mail list on your member profile. We look forward to accomplishing many goals alongside our communities and you, our NASPA family.”
By Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, September 5, 2017
“Today, the Trump administration announced their decision to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections after a six-month wind-down. We are deeply concerned about the impact this decision has on the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Many of these young people are enrolled at our colleges and universities or have dreams of entering higher education to create new opportunities for their future. We remain troubled about today’s decision and the inconsistent messages about the administration's support for our Nation’s “Dreamers. ”NASPA again reaffirms our commitment to the hundreds of thousands of undocumented students, faculty, and staff on our campuses and in our communities nationwide. We are dedicated to working with our members in the coming weeks and months to actively support the protection and defense of undocumented immigrants’ rights….”
By Bianca Quilantan, February 26, 2018
President Trump announced in September that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be ending on March 5, while urging Congress to protect DACA recipients. Since the announcement two federal judges have issued injunctions on the initial decision, allowing for DACA recipients to continue to apply for renewal. These injunctions will stand for now, however the future of the program remains unknown. This ambiguity on campus hangs over students, as well as faculty and staff who are trying to support them. "There is so much uncertainty that there’s not a lot you can tell students other than try to provide support for them," said Kevin Kruger, president of the student-affairs association Naspa. "One of the hardest things is the unknown and really not knowing what they’re facing." José A. Villalba, interim chief diversity officer at Wake Forest University, often gets asked by staff on how they can ensure the status of their DACA recipients, and has to reply, "You don’t have to do anything about their status," he said he tells them. "It’s federal law and federal executive orders so there is not much anyone can do." Campuses can, however, continue to provide emotional support through specified mental health services and inclusive messaging.
By Richard Gonzales, March 5, 2018
While Monday was supposed to be the DACA deadline, court rulings have blocked this expiration and today advocates are marching to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to act. Actions are expected in at least eight states. Even though President Trump encouraged Congress to protect DACA recipients, legislation was not able to pass before the March 5 deadline. Sanaa Abrar, spokeswoman for United We Dream, has stated that "at this point there are a few reasons why we still view March 5 as a very critical date." Since September the government has not been accepting new applications, advocates also worry that recipients run the risk of detainment if their status ends before they are granted renewal. Unfortunately, we’re unlikely to see a legislative solution any time soon, and the future of DACA lies in limbo, which is why immigration advocates intend to keep the issue alive through demonstrations and social media campaigns.
By Elizabeth Redden, March 5, 2018
Today originally marked the last day Congress could have saved the DACA program by creating permanent legislation to protect undocumented individuals. However, now that the expiration of the program has been halted by two court decisions, uncertainty about the long-term prospects of current DACA recipients remains unknown. In summary, Democrats, forced two government shutdowns over the issue, but Congress could not reach a solution. This is partly due to messaging from President Trump in which he indicated that he would be unwilling to sign anything that came to his desk that did not include stringent immigration reforms and enhanced border security. Institutional leadership continue to address the issue in a myriad of ways. “I think we need to look in two different directions,” said Dorothy Leland, chancellor of the University of California, Merced, which she said enrolls about 600 undocumented students, most of whom have DACA protections. “We need to continue to advocate and lobby for a permanent legislative solution, but we also need to think ahead about how can we best protect our students if that doesn’t happen. The most important thing is if they lose their right to work, to find ways to supplement their financial aid packages without the use of state or federal dollars, so through private sources,” Leland said. Others, like Lenore P. Rodicio, the executive vice president and provost of Miami Dade College, encourage students to carry on. “Right now,” Rodicio said, “the best that we can do is [tell students], ‘you currently have DACA status, it hasn’t been rescinded yet, do all you can to complete your studies.”
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