As undocumented students around the country continue to wait and wonder what will happen to their status as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Democrats in Congress have been desperately trying to convince President Trump to extend DACA’S original six month deadline. Many undocumented students have been negatively affected by the recent disastrous events that have taken place–like hurricane Harvey and Irma, thus affecting their ability to renew their paperwork on time. One month to fill out all the paperwork needed to renew DACA is unreasonable. Furthermore, one quarter of the total individuals eligible for DACA renewal have yet to complete their paperwork. The longer these individuals wait in completing their renewal forms, the less likely the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is to thoroughly review and consider each application.
Ever since Trump announced the end of DACA, students throughout the country have united, mobilized, and demonstrated in hopes that coming together as a unified community influences the opinions of those in the administration. By actively participating in campus demonstrations, and protests students have made their voices heard and demands known–UC Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard are prime examples of this.
On October 5th, students at the University of Michigan took stance against the administration by aiming to change the original October 5th DACA renewal deadline. Scholarships and financial aid is dependent on citizenship and DACA students are tired of being left on the sidelines. It is important to remember how many students nationwide, not just here at Berkeley, are affected by DACA as well as how they are responding to the policy changes of the current administration.
The October 5th deadline has left thousands of DACA students anxious and uncertain as to what the future holds for them. Regardless, students are far from backing down and it can be expected that they will continue to resist.
Check out these videos!
University of Michigan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEL30m2VPlU
Harvard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YYxzwz9PdY