U. of California System Sues Trump Administration Over DACA

The University of California system filed suit against the Trump administration on Friday over its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The lawsuit asserts that the administration’s move violates the university system's rights, as well as its students' rights.

The Obama-era program allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to work, live, and study with two-year permits and without fear of deportation. Many DACA recipients are current or former college students, and college leaders and higher education groups strongly urged the Trump administration to keep the program.

The Trump administration is "wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the university and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on 'nothing more than unreasoned executive whim,'" a statement from the UC Office of the President read.

The university system would lose students and employees who expand both the diversity and the intellectual vitality of the institution, serving as researchers, medical residents, and student-government leaders, it adds. UC enrolls approximately 4,000 undocumented students, "a substantial number of whom have DACA," according to the university.


Related Links

University of California Press Release


The Chronicle of Higher Education