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News Posted on September 8, 2017

Professor Cooper Comments on DACA Phase-out for Davis Enterprise, Santa Barbara Independent

Professor Holly S. Cooper, Co-director of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, commented for media including the Davis Enterprise and Santa Barbara Independent on President Trump’s decision to phase out protections offered to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In wide-ranging comments published in the Enterprise, Cooper talked about the multifaceted impacts of ending DACA, ranging from economic costs to Yolo County to the “emotional toll” felt by immigrants who experience “that feeling that people don’t want you here.”  One of the most important aspects of the DACA phase-out will be the inability of undocumented young people to get work permits, Cooper said.

“When you’re told you can no longer work here, you have to scramble to survive. You might scramble under the table,” Cooper said, noting that many may wind up working in a shadow economy. “Then there’s the question of the talent,” Cooper said. Undocumented people might ask themselves, “Do I want to move to Canada or another country that will give me the opportunity to progress toward legal immigration?”

Holly Cooper is a Lecturer and serves as staff attorney at the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic. Her areas of specialty include immigration law and detained immigrants' rights.