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Iowa City responds to DACA repeal

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National data estimates about 10,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from college each year in the United States, many of which benefit from being able to attain resident status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Officials at the University of Iowa say the repeal of DACA will not impact the admissions process at the university. Admissions does not ask for students to submit information regarding their immigration status when applying to the school, but some students say if congress does not act, these students may still risk deportation.

"They have a lot to lose, and I just think that’s ridiculous to think that [President Trump] could just take that away from them like that,” said Junior Lauren Webb.

University officials, who said they do not maintain records of students with DACA status, want to make sure everyone feels deserving to be on campus.

In a statement to students, the university said:

“At its core, the University of Iowa is its people: students, staff, and faculty guided by the values of community, inclusion, and respect."

The university continued:

"We stand with students impacted by the termination of DACA, and we are dedicated to providing their support.”

There are Iowa City immigration aid groups, like IC Compassion, also dedicated to bringing young DACA recipients closer to their college dreams.

“[A] young woman who called me, who’s 16, and her school actually called today and said ‘can you talk to your client'...I said, you know, there’s no guarantees here," said IC Compassion organizer Teresa Stecker.

There are no guarantees on how Congress will respond to the status of current DACA receipients, but leaders in immigration say students should not give up on their future.

“Keep doing the right things, keep working hard in school, keep obeying the law...keep doing the right things you know to do, and we’ll be hopeful for the future,” said Stecker.

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