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We must stand beside our DREAMers

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Both the administration and the overall campus population at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater need to be doing more to protect members of our community who are undocumented citizens. Steps we all can – and should – take involve contacting members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and setting up emergency reserve funds for students who must continue their education without federal loan support.

Both the administration and the overall campus population at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater need to be doing more to protect members of our community who are undocumented citizens. Steps we all can – and should – take involve contacting members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and setting up emergency reserve funds for students who must continue their education without federal loan support.

Kimberly Wethal

Kimberly Wethal

Both the administration and the overall campus population at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater need to be doing more to protect members of our community who are undocumented citizens. Steps we all can – and should – take involve contacting members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and setting up emergency reserve funds for students who must continue their education without federal loan support.

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A major deadline set for Congress to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation has run out of time. The ramifications could be devastating if the policy is repealed, which allows hundreds of thousands of undocumented citizens to call the United States home.

In September 2017, President Donald Trump gave Congress six months to alter and draft a replacement bill for an Obama-era executive order that protected those who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children and have grown up in our neighborhoods, attending our schools and acting as an invaluable part of our culture.

More than 800,000 people are protected by DACA, which was implemented in 2012. Without this security, thousands of hard-working people would lose their jobs and their livelihoods each month due to deportation.

Fortunately, many lower courts across the country have been upholding protection for these people, referred to as DREAMers. Some judges cite Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the president does not truly wish to target those individuals for deportation. The president has publicly questioned whether anyone truly wishes to see those people deported.

“Does anyone really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Trump tweeted on Sept. 17, 2017.

Several students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater qualify for DACA status and have a harder time affording their education due to their inability to receive the same scholarships or benefits as those who were born in America. These DREAMers are hard-working young people who contribute money toward the economy and are involved in their communities just like everyone else. To lose these bright and talented individuals would do far more harm than good.  

Despite the efforts of courts nationwide to prevent potential deportations, this issue is not limited to the efforts of lawmakers and court officials alone. We can all play a role in speaking out on behalf of our fellow students and peers who are striving for the same American dream as the rest of us.

The UW-Whitewater administration and College of Letters and Sciences International Education Committee both deserve due credit for voicing their support for our students who are eligible for DACA status. In stating support for these individuals, these groups have helped set the tone for how our campus can stand behind our peers in the midst of uncertainty.

UW-W also has a number of programs focused on education and celebration of campus diversity, which speaks further to the credit to which our campus is supportive of its members, regardless of heritage or ethnicity.

But these diverse programs and good-hearted statements do not offer enough security. Our administration – along with the rest of the campus population – needs to take further action to protect our DREAMer students in the event the government tries to remove them from our campus.

Administrators should arrange for our state representatives to host listening sessions where we as a campus can reiterate the importance of our unprotected students. We need to have emergency funds set up to better offer aid to students who are struggling to earn scholarships despite their strong academic records. Campus leaders have the power to enact policies that prevent immigration agents from taking our students away, and our administration needs to act upon this authority soon, or we risk losing bright individuals who contribute to this campus.

Showing this support can go a long way toward solidifying our atmosphere as a welcoming environment for all sorts of people. No matter what happens at the federal level, we must fight the good fight and not back down in our support for our peers belonging to the Warhawk family.

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One Response to “We must stand beside our DREAMers”

  1. micheleryan on March 7th, 2018 8:51 pm

    40,000 veterans homeless, 1-4 citizens unemployed and this is the priority for the Democrats. Remember these “immigrants” have cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and could care less. 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. There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college. So when you hear of the “contributions” by illegal aliens paying taxes. Remember that also is at a cost in jobs citizens should have.

    Some of the costs associated with illegal immigration, that we will pass this burden on to our children as has been passed on to us. We’ve been paying this for decades.

    *The CBO (congressional budget office) estimates it will cost American taxpayers 26 billion over the next 10 years if 1.8 million re legalized.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Currently 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 is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.—All can be found on google.

    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/uscis-daca-criminals-dreamers-at-large/2018/01/22/id/838627/

    http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/…/man-who-shot…/

    http://www.ojjpac.org/memor

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