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News Posted on September 22, 2017

María Blanco Comments on DACA and California Higher Education for The Hechinger Report

María Blanco, Executive Director of the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, commented for a column in The Hechinger Report on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients who are enrolled in California universities and colleges. The DACA program, which offered eligibility for work permits and protection from deportation for certain undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children, was recently rescinded by President Trump.

Blanco estimated that about 4,000 DACA recipients are enrolled in the University of California, another 10,000 are in the California State University system, and 60,000 are in California’s community colleges. Blanco said that 70-80 percent of them are participants in the DACA program.

“By the time you’re in college, you’re informed, and hoping to work in a profession, and have a better job later,” Blanco said. “All of that means that this is a group of people that takes advantage of DACA and the ability to work.”

Launched in 2014 by the University of California Office of the President, the Immigrant Legal Services 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.