Letters to the Editor: Middlebury College stands behind DACA students

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12 September, 2017

But the children, many of them aged five to six at the time, stayed on with relatives, attended American schools, and grew up feeling American - except that under United States law, they were not citizens and should have left the country with their parents years and years ago.

Created by the Obama administration, DACA deferred deportation and granted a temporary right to study, work and live in the U.S.to certain young people without proper immigration documentation. We pledge to continue with this support and to look for ways of offering resources in case a change of immigration policy leads to a loss of status that invalidates our students' ability to work or collect financial aid.

On immigration, Trump is navigating politically tricky waters.

Trump has made clear that he would support a legislative version of DACA - and it could get majority support in both houses of Congress.

"If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees", Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. The executive order allows for these recipients to apply for a renewable two-year visa, which allows them to temporarily be free from deportation.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has said rescinding the program is "contrary to what makes" the country prosper.

Trump has called the ending of the program an "amnesty-first approach". These are the kinds of immigrants the US should welcome because, to quote President Obama "to target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they've done nothing wrong".

Despite a push in 2013 from Republican strategists who say the party needs to attract more Hispanic voters, House Republicans killed Obama's effort to liberalize the immigration system.

"While citizenship is not a factor in our admission decisions, based on state and federal guidelines, students from other states, foreign students and students who do not provide proof of Tennessee residency are subject to out of state tuition rates", Alldredge said. He gave Congress six months to come up with an alternative.

"Before DACA, I felt hopeless", said Veronica Tapalo, 26, a Bronx pharmacy technician who came to the United States from Mexico when she was 3. "I'm not just talking about those undocumented students or the 11 million undocumented people". These Republicans didn't want people who have gotten work permits to lose them or be deported, and they didn't want to take the risk that premiums would rise for many people without the insurance subsidies (even though the Congressional Budget Office says the risk is low).

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