UC asks federal judge to uphold DACA during pending lawsuit against Trump administration

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The University of California asked a federal judge Wednesday to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program operational while its lawsuit against the Trump administration is still pending.

In September, the UC, along with other individuals and organizations, sued the Trump administration for its repeal of the DACA program. The UC system and these other parties filed an additional complaint Wednesday to halt the dismantling of DACA until a final court ruling on the original lawsuit.

The joint motion alleges that “the federal government violated federal procedures, failed to justify its decision and did not undergo the proper notice-and-comment process required to rescind DACA,” according to the UC press release.

Many organizations — including academic institutions, local governments, technology companies and civil rights organizations — have filed briefs that make “strong, multi-faceted challenges” to the rescission of DACA, according to the UC press release. In order to support the cause, the university filed declarations from students and faculty across the UC system.

In her statement in the complaint, UC President Janet Napolitano said DACA opens doors for many undocumented individuals because it allows recipients to obtain work authorization. She emphasized that DACA students play an important role in the UC community, and that the program’s recession would result in the university losing these vital contributions.

“DACA students at the University are an integral part of our community,” Napolitano said in her statement. “Their talents, perspectives, and experiences are invaluable contributions to University life.”

Dellara Gorjian, a DACA recipient and first-year law student at UCLA, said in a statement filed with the suit that the work authorization provided by DACA allowed her to support herself through college. Dellara added that she plans to work in the United States after she gets her law degree.

“My first years after receiving DACA status were a transformative time for me. … My grades were excellent,” Gorjian said in her statement. “I learned what could happen if I applied myself academically.”

Gorjian said the expiration of DACA would make it impossible for her to work for a law firm in the country and would lead to her being $90,000 in private debt.

DACA recipient and UC Berkeley junior Selena Pérez said the biggest benefit of the program initially was being barred from deportation. She also said, however, that DACA is the reason she was able to get a job. According to Pérez, because of DACA, she is able to pay taxes, something she takes great pride in.

Pérez said she would like to see the preservation of DACA, emphasizing that she is happy that the UC system is fighting to keep DACA running.

“I am really happy to be in a university that cares this much,” Pérez said. “We should be fighting to protect DACA, but also to expand it.”

Contact Rishabh Nijhawan at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @realRishNij.

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  • TechExec

    The only hope for these knuckleheads to win this case is if it goes in front of the 9th circuit court but their decision will be overturned.

  • tyler cooper

    Democrats, MSM, every
    faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death
    for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.”
    Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien
    anymore its “Immigrant.” There not adults, they are “kids” or “children”
    and no one seem to wonder why? future voters?

    There
    is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs
    American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.The
    MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not
    taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.)
    There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough
    jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens
    of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country
    from foreign nationals? and why do the Democrats have this obsession?

    Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    The
    GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for
    the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college,
    buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the
    citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other
    country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense.

  • tyler cooper

    *The cost of educating
    illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers
    $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student.

    *Now city,
    and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for
    legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being
    deported.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION
    in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is
    getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of
    all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local
    jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—U do the math.

    *$3Million
    Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3
    MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

    Democrats, MSM, every
    faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death
    for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.”
    Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien
    anymore its “Immigrant.” There not adults, they are “kids” or “children”
    and no one seem to wonder why? future voters?

    There
    is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs
    American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.The
    MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not
    taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.)
    There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough
    jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens
    of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country
    from foreign nationals? and why do the Democrats have this obsession?

    Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    The
    GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for
    the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college,
    buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the
    citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other
    country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense.

  • tasam1

    More information for the discussion – Only looking at the DACA information
    – there are 160,000 DACAs that dropped out of high school. Another
    160,000 DACAs finished high school or a GED but have no plans to attend college.
    According to an article the possible fraud rate on DACA
    applications could be 40-50% or higher. Then there is the study that
    showed 44% of DACAs that worked with no valid social security number.
    Articles from another state, California, about illegal aliens, reveal a
    different situation. The state is drowning in millions of illegal
    aliens. Housing shortages, increased traffic, crowding, welfare
    payment of $1.3 billion in two years in LA county. Millions of illegal aliens will soon be
    Democratic
    voters if Congress has its way. The examples of a few DACAs that go to
    2-year and 4-year colleges don’t represent the many other DACAs.
    Don’t reward these illegal alien parents by giving their adult “kids” amnesty
    and citizenship.
    President Trump ended DACA Sept. 5. Start deporting now.

  • Juan Enzo

    It is not a law but deferred action by one president rescinded by another, judicial branch may not have jurisdiction? We will know soon.