By Emily S. Tai
While many CUNY students face challenges, there are special difficulties currently confronting undocumented students who both arrived in the United States as children and registered themselves in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Despite America’s rich history of immigration, which has brought the richness of their intellect and experience to this country, DACA, which was initiated under then president Barack Obama, is under threat of repeal by current President Donald J. Trump – who has gone so far as to pledge to rescind DACA and make these students eligible for deportation as early as next March.
Last month, Chancellor James B. Milliken issued a strong statement, pledging to support DACA-eligible students. For faculty who wish to refer students to services, the following resources are available:
- As recently announced by the CUNY administration, and noted by the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY students who have already qualified for DACA status and are subject to the October 5 deadline to apply for renewal will have the $495 application fee covered at CUNY Citizenship Now! DACA renewal events, thanks to a partnership with the New Economy Project and support from other philanthropic organizations.
- CUNY Students can also find information concerning citizenship, scholarship, and legal assistance at the following websites:
- CUNY Citizenship Now!
- CUNY Dreamer’s Hub
- The Dream.US Resource Library
- Project College
- The New York Immigrant Coalition
- New York City DACA Legal Aid
Emily S. Tai is a professor of History at Queensborough Community College who serves on the UFS Executive Committee, and edits the UFS Blog.
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