U.S. Judge Orders Trump to Revive DACA

January 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered President Donald Trump to partially revive the DACA program for undocumented youth and to continue accepting applications until all pending legal challenges are resolved in the different courts across the country.

Issuing a temporary injunction, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, of the Northern District Court of California, called Trump’s decision last September to end the program, and to give Congress until March 5 to find a solution to resolve the legal status of DACA recipients both  “arbitrary” and “capricious.”

The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, created in 2012 by then President Barack Obama, protects undocumented youth — often referred to as “Dreamers”  — from deportation and has granted temporary work permits to some 690,000 young people who arrived to the U.S. when they were children.

In his ruling issued Tuesday, Alsup declared that the Trump administration is obligated to accept requests for DACA renewals by individuals who previously benefited from the program and are now without protection.

U.S. President, Donald Trump, participates in a meeting with 25 congressmen and senators from both parties in the White House in Washington. (EFE/Shawn Thew)

However, the government is not required to accept new applications from young people who had not previously submitted an application, according to the ruling.

Alsup said the plaintiffs, including the University of California, had demonstrated that DACA beneficiaries, their families, schools and communities would suffer “irreparable harm” if the program is eliminated.

In order to avoid that damage, Alsup ordered Trump to keep the program partially alive until there is a definite resolution to all pending litigation over the DACA program.

Among those cases is, for example, the lawsuit filed last Sept. 11 by the states of California, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota, home to more than 238,000 “Dreamers.”

These states allege that the end of DACA will disrupt the lives of its residents, cause great damage to their economies, businesses, and universities and research centers that employ undocumented youth as a result of DACA, who will no longer being able to work in the country legally.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that the Court had “determined that the merits of California’s case are strong, that there would be immediate harm if the Administration’s plan to terminate DACA were to proceed, and that the public interest is served by prohibiting the Administration from ending DACA before the legal issues are ruled on.

“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” Becerra said.

The University of California, which filed a lawsuit challenging the president’s action on DACA, issued a statement Tuesday saying the university system “is pleased and encouraged that the court has granted an injunction to temporarily stop the Department of Homeland Security’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“This crucial decision allows nearly 800,000 DACA recipients to stay in the United States as lawsuits over the legality of the DACA rescission make their way through the courts,” said the UC’s statement, which also noted, however, that the temporary injunction does not end the “fear and uncertainty” among DACA recipients across California … who want to continue to live, work, learn and contribute to the country they know as home.

“It does not negate, nor lessen, the urgent need for permanent protection through a legislative solution,” the statement reads.

The ruling by Judge Alsup, who was appointed to his post in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, is temporary, and it is likely that the executive branch will lodge an appeal.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, Devin O’Malley, said the federal government “will continue to strongly defend” the president’s action in the courts, saying that the Obama-era program was created in an “illegal” manner, a point they will prove in “future litigation.”

On Wednesday, President Trump attacked what he called an “unjust” judicial system.

“It shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by the higher courts,” wrote Trump on his official Twitter account.

EGP Managing Editor Gloria Alvarez contributed to this story,

CA Destinará Fondos para Beneficiarios de DACA

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los líderes legislativos de California anunciaron el martes un acuerdo con el gobernador del estado, Jerry Brown, para destinar 30 millones de dólares para ayudas a los beneficiarios de la Acción Diferida (DACA).

La decisión de los legisladores californianos busca ayudar a los jóvenes “soñadores” que perderán su permiso de trabajo y su protección después de que la Administración del presidente Donald Trump anunciase la cancelación del programa en marzo de 2018.

“No permitiremos que un hombre con tendencias xenófobas socave los años de progreso que hemos hecho en California para integrar a estos jóvenes adultos en nuestra sociedad y nuestra economía”, declaró el martes el presidente del Senado, el demócrata Kevin de León, al hacer el anuncio.

Bajo el programa Una California, se administrarán 20 millones de dólares para subsidiar servicios legales de inmigración para los beneficiarios de DACA y otros 10 millones serán dirigidos a centros de educación universitaria pública.

“Los nuevos fondos para servicio de DACA que estamos adicionando al presupuesto ofrecerán respuestas y ayuda a los jóvenes californianos para permanecer en el único país que conocen”, declaró el martes el presidente de la Asamblea, el demócrata Anthony Rendón.

Siete de los diez millones de dólares de ayuda financiera para estudios universitarios serán asignados a los Colegios Comunitarios de California, dos millones de dólares serán administrados por la Universidad Estatal de California a través del programa Préstamos de Sueño y un millón irá a través del mismo fondo a la Universidad de California.

“A Donald Trump puede gustarle el caos. Estos chicos no merecen eso”, concluyó Rendón.

Según un análisis del Instituto de Política Pública de California (PPIC), en California residen cerca de 223,000 beneficiarios del DACA, más de un cuarto del total nacional, y la entidad calculó que aproximadamente 70,000 soñadores estudian en universidades públicas de California.

UC Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Repeal

September 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The University of California on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of the college system and its students, including those at its Los Angeles and Irvine campuses, by rescinding the DACA program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim,” and a city of Los Angeles councilman introduced a motion directing the city attorney to either file his own lawsuit or join one planned by the state of California which was announced Wednesday by Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects immigrants who were brought to the country illegally when they were children to safely live, work and study without fear of deportation.

The UC’s lawsuit filed in San Francisco against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, is the first to be filed by a university seeking to stop the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program, which currently protects over 800,000 undocumented young people. The lawsuit alleges the Trump administration failed to provide proper notice to the impacted population as required by law.

”As a result of the defendants’ actions, the Dreamers face expulsion from the only country that they call home, based on nothing more than unreasoned executive whim,” the complaint reads. UC President Janet Napolitano, who was secretary of DHS from 2009 to 2013, spearheaded the Obama administration’s creation of the DACA program in 2012, setting in place a rigorous application and security review process, according to the lawsuit.

UC President Janet Napolitano, who was secretary of DHS from 2009 to 2013, spearheaded the Obama administration’s creation of the DACA program in 2012. (New America Media)

UC President Janet Napolitano, who was secretary of DHS from 2009 to 2013, spearheaded the Obama administration’s creation of the DACA program in 2012. (New America Media)

Applicants for DACA were only approved if they were in or had graduated from high school or college, or were in the military, or an honorably discharged veteran They cannot have been convicted of a felony or major misdemeanor or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. “Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led,” Napolitano said in a statement released by the UC. “It is imperative, however, that we stand up for these vital members of the UC community. They represent the best of who we are — hard working, resilient and motivated high achievers. To arbitrarily and capriciously end the DACA program, which benefits our country as a whole, is not only unlawful, it is contrary to our national values and bad policy.”

The lawsuit asks the court to set aside the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA because it is “unconstitutional, unjust, and unlawful.”

The UC system, including UCLA and UC Irvine, has roughly 4,000 undocumented students, a substantial number of whom are part of DACA, as well as teachers, researchers and health care providers who are DACA recipients, according to UC.

Roughly 200,000 of the 800,000 DACA recipients in the country live in California, and it is believed that about 100,000 live in the Los Angeles area.

“These Dreamers’ were brought here as children and have proven themselves to be lawful residents contributing to the social fabric and diversity of the United States,” states the motion introduced by L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar that instructs City Attorney Mike Feuer to pursue legal action on behalf of the city.

When asked to comment on the motion, Feuer’s spokesman Rob Wilcox said, “Our office is already in discussions with other government entities on how best to maximize our impact on fighting the removal of DACA.”

Fifteen states filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the end of the DACA program, but Becerra said California was planning its own suit because it is disproportionately harmed by the action.

Estudiantes de DACA Aún Son Bienvenidos, Dicen Oficiales de Educación Estatal y Local

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Funcionarios de educación locales y estatales denunciaron el martes los planes para eliminar gradualmente el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) y trataron de tranquilizar a los beneficiares del programa de que aún son bienvenidos en las escuelas y campus universitarios.

“Las políticas de inscripción y matricula de la universidad no se basan en el estatus de DACA para que la inscripción, la matrícula y la ayuda financiera para los estudiantes no se ve afectada por el fin del programa”, dijo Timothy White, canciller del sistema de la Universidad Estatal de California con sede en Long Beach.

“Seguiremos esforzándonos en el compromiso de la CSU de avanzar y ampliar el conocimiento, el aprendizaje y la cultura; proporcionar oportunidades para que las personas se desarrollen intelectual, personal y profesionalmente; y para preparar egresados educados y responsables que están listos y capaces de contribuir a la cultura y la economía de California”.

La presidenta de la Universidad de California, Janet Napolitano, dijo que la decisión del presidente Donald Trump de poner fin al programa en seis meses – sin restricción alguna por parte del Congreso – era “profundamente” preocupante.

“Este movimiento de pensamientos retrógrados y de gran alcance amenaza con separar a las familias y descarrilar el futro de algunas de las mentes jóvenes más brillantes de este país, miles de las cuales actualmente asisten o se han graduado de la Universidad de California”, dijo Napolitano.

Dijo que estaba dirigiendo su comité asesor sobre “estudiantes indocumentados” para determinar “como apoyar mejor y proteger a los estudiantes de la Universidad de California que dependen de DACA durante los próximos seis meses y más allá”. Ella dijo que el sistema seguirá ofreciendo servicios a los receptores de DACA, incluidos los servicios jurídicos.

En el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD), los funcionarios enfatizaron que los planteles escolares seguirán siendo “zonas seguras”, lo que significa que los agentes federales de inmigración no serán permitidos en los campus “sin una revisión por parte de los funcionarios del distrito”.

“Estos jóvenes inmigrantes han hecho valiosas contribuciones a la comunidad y la nación que consideran su hogar y se han ganado el derecho a un lugar permanente en su historia”, dijo la superintendente de LAUSD, Michelle King.

El presidente de la Junta Directiva de Educación del LAUSD, Ref Rodríguez, dijo que los DREAMers, sean maestros o estudiantes, “han trabajado duro para contribuir a este hermoso país y ciudad”.

“Deben ser celebrados, no rechazados”, dijo. “Estamos comprometidos con fuertes esfuerzos de promoción a nivel federal y estatal, para que el Congreso encuentre el coraje de revertir esta decisión”.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Montebello (MUSD), el segundo más grande en el Condado de Los Ángeles, también repudió la decisión de poner fin a DACA, reiterando en un comunicado el martes que el distrito escolar está comprometido a ayudar a los estudiantes y sus familias.

“La Junta de Educación de MUSD se opone firmemente a la decisión del presidente Trump hoy de poner fin al programa de DACA”, dijeron.

“El tiempo, la energía y el dinero que se ha invertido en estos estudiantes sería una pérdida económica enorme en términos de recursos perdidos y en las contribuciones que podrían estar haciendo a nuestras comunidades”, dijo MUSD, agregando que “el estado sufrirá un mayor retroceso “en satisfacer las demandas” de una mano de obra más educada para competir en una economía mundial”.

Al unirse a la protesta contra el anuncio de la Casa Blanca, el canciller de los Colegios Comunitarios de California, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, dijo que terminar con DACA es una “decisión sin corazón y sin sentido”.

“Aquellos que son afectados por esta decisión fueron traídos a este país como niños y están persiguiendo una educación y haciendo contribuciones a su comunidad”, dijo Oakley. “Algunos han servido en las Fuerzas Armadas defendiendo este país. En California, no ponemos los sueños – o DREAMers – en espera”.

“Los Colegios Comunitarios de California continúan comprometidos a servir a todos los estudiantes, sin importar el estatus de inmigración y a proporcionar ambientes seguros y acogedores en los que aprender”.

State and Local Education Officials Urge DACA Students to Stay In School

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Local and statewide education officials Tuesday denounced plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and sought to reassure beneficiaries of the program that they are still welcome on school and university campuses.

“The university’s enrollment and tuition politics are not based on DACA status so enrollment, tuition and financial aid for students is not impacted by the ending of the program,” said Timothy White, chancellor of the Long Beach-based California State University system. “Additionally, state funding under the California Dream Act is not based on DACA status and will not change. Our mission to provide excellent educational opportunities to all Californians shall not waver,” White said.

“We will continue to vigorously pursue the CSU’s commitment to advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture; to provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally and professionally; and to prepare educated and responsible alumni who are ready and able to contribute to California’s culture and economy.”

University of California President Janet Napolitano said the decision by President Donald Trump to end the program in six months — barring any action from Congress — was “deeply” troubling.

“This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California,” Napolitano said.

She said she was directing her advisory committee on “undocumented students” to determine “how to best support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond.” She said the system will continue offering services to DACA recipients, including legal services.

At the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials stressed that school campuses will continue to be “safe zones,” meaning federal immigration agents will not be permitted on campuses “without a review by district officials.”

“These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history,” LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King said.

LAUSD Board of Education President Ref Rodriguez said DREAMers, be they teachers or students, “have worked hard to contribute to this beautiful country and city.”

“They should be celebrated, not turned away,” he said. “We are committed to strong advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels, so that Congress will find the courage to reverse this decision.”

The Montebello Unified School District, the second largest in Los Angeles County, also repudiated the decision to end DACA, reiterating in a statement Tuesday that the school district is committed to assisting students and their families.

“The Board of Education of the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) strongly opposes President Trump’s decision today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” they said.

“The time, energy, and money that has been invested into these students would be a huge economic loss in terms of resources lost and in contributions they could be making to our communities,” said MUSD, adding that “the state will suffer a major setback” in meeting demands “for a more educated workforce to compete in a world economy.”

Joining the outcry against the White House’s announcement, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said ending DACA is a “heartless and senseless decision.”

“Those who are affected by this decision were brought to this country as children and are pursuing an education and making contributions to their community,” Oakley said. “Some have served in the Armed Forces defending this country. In California, we don’t put dreams — or DREAMers — on hold.

“The California Community Colleges remain committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status and to providing safe and welcoming environments in which to learn.”

Aumenta el Registro de Aspirantes Latinos Para Universidad de California

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

El porcentaje de estudiantes latinos que solicitaron ingreso por primera vez a la Universidad de California (UC) aumentó del 34,1% registrado el año pasado a 35,8 % este año, según datos anunciados el lunes.

La oficina de la Presidencia de UC informó que más de 206.000 aspirantes solicitaron cupo en las nueve sedes de la universidad que ofrece programas de pregrado, registrando un aumento consecutivo durante 12 años y sobrepasando por primera vez en la historia las 200.000 solicitudes.

“El incremento en las aplicaciones de los californianos nos ayudará a alcanzar nuestra meta de agregar 5.000 residentes de pregrado este año y 10.000 durante los próximos tres años”, destacó el lunes la presidente de UC, Janet Napolitano.

Los latinos, que representan el mayor grupo étnico entre los estudiantes de preparatoria, fueron mayoría en las solicitudes de ingreso a UC con 37.739 aspirantes de primer año, un aumento de más de 2.600 con respecto al año anterior.

Después de los hispanos, el segundo grupo de solicitantes fue de los asiáticos con 29,4%, seguidos por blancos no hispanos (24,7%), afroamericanos (6,3%), nativos (0,6%) y un 2,9% de solicitantes que no registraron su origen étnico o racial, según los datos presentados hoy por la universidad.

El número de solicitantes para transferencia también fue superior al 2015 con 9.382 (casi 1.500 estudiantes más que el año anterior), cercano a las solicitudes de los estudiantes blancos no hispanos (10.812) y ligeramente superior a los asiáticos (9.155).

Igualmente, los hispanos presentaron 5.159 solicitudes más para el 2016 con respecto a las solicitudes de ingreso para el otoño de 2014.

Del total de más de 138.000 solicitudes de ingreso, tanto de primer año como de transferencia para el 2016, los latinos sumaron más de 47.000, el número más alto de todos los grupos representando el 34,1%.

Las solicitudes de estudiantes blancos no hispanos se acercaron a 36.800, las de los asiáticos superaron los 40.000 y las de los afroamericanos estuvieron alrededor de 8.600.

Para el 2015, UC contó con 61.834 estudiantes admitidos a primer año de los cuales el 29.6% era hispano.


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