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California Western Issues Public Statement on DACA

To the California Western Community:

Re: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

California Western School of Law strives to support all members of its diverse community of students, alumni, staff, and faculty. At this time, a segment of our community is subject to increased stress and insecurity as a result of the announced elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA). For five years, DACA has protected the innocent children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents. These children are commonly known as "Dreamers." Without DACA, Dreamers can be summarily deported to "home" countries that many of them don't remember. Whether Dreamers, or friends and family of Dreamers, our California Western community is deeply affected by the proposed elimination of DACA.

Notwithstanding their undocumented status, Dreamers have grown up in the U.S. They went to school here, grew up here, and now they are in every type of work: students, doctors, lawyers, laborers, nurses, U.S. military, engineers, scientists, and many more fields. Nevertheless, they remain vulnerable to deportation if DACA is eliminated.

Unless Congress acts quickly, work and study permits for Dreamers will be cancelled beginning in March 2018. The Dreamers deserve much better from the country that has been their home.

We support efforts to resolve the legal status of Dreamers as quickly as possible. They need and deserve a permanent solution—a congressional solution—to eliminate their continued vulnerability. In the meantime, Dreamers should be protected from use as political pawns in a battle between the legislative and executive branches of our government.

For nearly 100 years, California Western has served the public by providing access to the legal profession to those who might not otherwise have it. Our traditions are diversity, inclusion, access, and excellence. Our ethos is service to our community. For all these reasons and more, we stand with our Dreamers and demand a fair and permanent solution to their situation, with protection until a permanent solution can be found.