Standing by Our DACA Dreamers – In response to today’s announcement phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), LMU and Loyola Law School have announced unequivocal support for our DACA students. What a difference a month makes. Less than a fortnight after the horrific racially-charged Charlottesville events, President Trump pardoned Sherriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of failing to obey a court order to stop racial profiling. And today’s announcement eliminating DACA came a mere ten days after that.
The phasing out of DACA is estimated to impact upwards of 1,000,000 Dreamers, including many in California. Condemnation for President Trump’s announcement came quickly from both Republicans and Democrats alike. Within hours of the official announcement, Senators Durbin and Graham called for the passage of a “Dream Act” to trump today’s action. Others called the announcement to phase out DACA as a thinly veiled attempt to obtain leverage for funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. California House Representative Eric Swalwell, who represents Alameda County, is reported to have voiced his rejection of that idea by tweeting: “I will not give you a pass to be a slight racist on Monday so you can be fully racist on Tuesday.”
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Keep the Dream, Dreamers! We’re With You!!!
This week’s Weekly Round-Up written by Professor Maureen Johnson.