The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an Obama-era policy that allows people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to register for temporary deferment of any immigration action against them. President Trump rescinded DACA last fall with a March 5 deadline. However, federal judges in both San Francisco and New York have ruled that the president’s rescission of DACA was done improperly, and the Supreme Court rejected to take up the federal repeal. DACA is currently heading to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Nonetheless, Brown University has made an effort to take the law into their own hands.
If DACA is fully repealed, Brown University has pledged to offer a tuition-free Master’s program to illegal immigrants. According to a statement by Provost Richard Locke, this program would serve as a one-year extension to their time at the university, consisting of a stipend and subsidized health insurance. In addition, Brown has promised to provide university-related job opportunities to illegal immigrants in the event of DACA being repealed.
The university vows to continue paying DACA renewal fees for DACA students, developing scholarships for students with expired work authorization, and providing grant money as a means to build greater legal representation, Campus Reform reports.
“It is our hope that through these efforts, the university will continue to support academic development and achievement while Congress works to address essential immigration reform,” the Provost concludes.
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