Maria Blanco Comments on Future of DACA for Los Angeles Times
María Blanco, Executive Director of the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center, commented for the Los Angeles Times on the announcement by President Trump that he would phase out protections offered to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Blanco offered hope that Congress could pass laws instituting a similar program during the six months between Trump’s announcement and the end of DACA. "We have a very good shot at legislation in Congress and making that happen right away," Blanco said. "Students shouldn't do anything like quit school or their jobs.”
She also reassured DACA program participants that their protections are still in effect during the interim. "If you have DACA rights now, you still have them today. That's the most important thing," she said.
Launched in 2014 by the University of California Office of the President, the center operates out of UC Davis School of Law in cooperation with the Immigration Law Clinic to provide high-quality legal assistance to support the needs of undocumented and AB 540-eligible students and their families at UC campuses including UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside.