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Universities reaffirm support for undocumented students.
  Tuesday 05 September, 2017
Universities reaffirm support for undocumented students.

Numerous universities are issuing new statements in support of undocumented students in the wake of the Trump administration announcing that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, created five years ago by President Obama, would end in six months unless Congress takes action.

Many higher ed institutions had previously made moves to support undocumented students and the DACA program itself.

Here are some of the new statements.

UC Berkeley

The university put out this statement over the signatures of chancellor Carol Christ and two other administrators:

The full statement is here. Berkeley also provides support via its Undocumented Student Program.

Harvard president Drew Faust made clear that the university is deploying resources to provide various types of support, in the form of legal aid as well as counseling for anxious students:

“Our deans of students and student services staff members across the University have begun reaching out to affected students. The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) at Harvard Law School, which hired a full-time attorney to provide legal services to undocumented members of our community with support from my office earlier this year, will continue to offer legal and advising resources, as well as social work support, to those seeking guidance or counsel. HIRC has also established a 24/7 hotline for DACA and undocumented members of the community to call in case of emergency. The University has developed a list of immigration lawyers willing to consider pro bono cases to supplement these services, also available through an HIRC advisor.

“Recognizing the anxiety and disruption brought by months of uncertainty, HUHS’s Counseling and Mental Health Services will be continuing a weekly support group started last semester in addition to offering individual counseling services.”

University of Oregon

In anticipation of the new announcement from the Trump administration, the university reaffirmed its support of the DACA program and to protecting student privacy, said its president, Michael H. Schill, who is also a law professor. He wrote,

California State University

CSU chancellor Timothy P. White took care to address undocumented students and employees alike in his statement, which also made clear the university’s policies with respect to enrollment and tuition:

Source: http://college.usatoday.com/2017/09/05/universities-reaffirm-support-for-undocumented-students/

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