Trump To End the “Dream” for Thousands

By Madeleine Sabin

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 12:47 PM PDT

Photo via U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Photo via U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

In 2012, the nation celebrated a huge victory for thousands of immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Under DACA, adults that were brought to the United States as young children were granted residency in the United States as long as they followed a few requirements (DACA).

As of September 5, 2017, DACA was appealed and requests are no longer being accepted. This is a drastic act being taken by President Trump and will detrimentally affect thousands of people, including many Dominican students. Our President, Mary Marcy, has assigned Gaby Bermudez to support affected students. Her contact information is Gaby.bermudez@dominican.edu or by phone at 415-485-3277.

Important things for currently registered DACA participants to keep in mind during this time:

  • You still have rights, and the DACA program is still in effect. You are still allowed to work and your work permit, SSN, and driver's license are all still valid. If you haven’t done so already, apply for a SSN while your DACA and work permit are still valid. If you are outside of the country, return right away.

  • If an immigration agent is knocking on the door, do not open. Do not answer questions. Do not sign anything.

All of this information and more is listed on Immigrant Legal Resource Center.