On behalf of the Student Government Association of the University of Louisville, I would like to express our disapproval of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has granted temporary work permits and protection from deportation to undocumented youth brought into the United States at the age of 16 or younger since 2012. The program allowed many of our peers to finally feel at home in the only home they have ever truly known.
We stand with the “DACAmented” students at the University of Louisville and implore the federal government not to end DACA in support of the many immigrant youth who are invaluable members of our academic and campus communities. We not only appreciate their contributions to our campus, our society and our economy but also support them in their struggle to improve their lives – a reflection of their American values. Unfortunately, the termination of DACA isolates those who need our support.
The Attorney General’s statement on September 5th indicated that the Trump administration would begin to phase out the program over the next six months. We hope that President Trump and the Congress will develop a bipartisan, permanent and stable solution for immigrant youth and their families. We urge all Kentuckians to do their part and reach out to their federal legislators.
If you are a current DACA recipient, your DACA and/or work permit will remain valid until its expiration date. If your permit is scheduled to expire between now and March 5, 2018, you will need to apply for a two-year renewal by October 5, 2017. Local resources include DACA and immigration attorneys at Vickerstaff Law Office at 502-442-2039 and legal clinics listed at http://www.metrochristianlegalaid.com/clinic-and-events.html.
You can also search for legal aid by zip code at https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org.
The Engage Lead Serve Board is partnering with the Cultural Center and the Latin American Hispanic Student Organization to host an informative session for all students this Thursday, September 7th at noon in the Cultural Center multipurpose room.
Student Body President
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