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News Posted on September 8, 2017

Professor Villazor Publishes New York Times Op-ed on Trump and DACA

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor published an op-ed in the New York Times regarding President Trump’s announcement that he would phase out protections offered to undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following a six-month grace period. 

Professor Villazor writes that the cancellation of DACA protections raises many questions, including the issue of what the government will do with information that DACA program participants, known as “Dreamers,” provided as part of their applications.

“Dreamers divulged information to the government, expecting that their information would not be shared,” writes Villazor, who also had a previously published essay cited in the Washington Post in the wake of the president’s announcement.  “The information includes not only potentially incriminating information like date of initial entry and length of stay in the United States, but also details like their names, addresses, school information, and Social Security numbers — precisely what the government needs to locate and detain them quickly.”

Using such information against the Dreamers would amount to entrapment, Villazor writes, and “United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers DACA, should delete all their information.”

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor joined the UC Davis faculty in 2012 from the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University.  She has also taught at Columbia Law School and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  Professor Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship.