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CSU's Dream Center says DACA decision is not a "win"

Supreme Court's decision is not quite a win for undocumented students on campus, but it does give them some breathing room.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 11:16 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 11:20 PM

Here in the North State, many students at Chico State benefit from the DACA Program as it allows them to advance their education while on a work permit.


Action News Now reporter Darren Leeds spoke with the Dream Center on Chico State's campus to get their reaction to the news.

I spoke with Elizabeth Alaniz, the Director of the Dream Center, who told me that the Supreme Court's decision is not quite a win for undocumented students on campus, but it does give them some breathing room.

Alaniz says, "It's very nerve-racking not knowing if tomorrow you're going to be able to work. If tomorrow you're going to be able to continue your job, and these people are still expected to pay taxes and contribute economically."

Alaniz says there are hundreds of students on Chico State's campus who are undocumented but are protected from deportation by DACA while they get their education.

She says the Supreme Court's DACA ruling is a step in the right direction, but they'd like to see something definite come down the pipeline.

Alaniz says, "Personally I think they're on the right track to make a decision now instead of waiting until March 5th. I'm glad they made that decison, if they need more time to make a decision on the Dream Act then for now it's fine, but of course we want to push for the Clean Dream Act."

Alaniz says if the Clean Dream Act is passed, current students and those who have graduated will be able to apply for citizenship in a more proper way.

Alaniz says, "We have students graduating in all fields from Chico State. We have a large number of students graduating this Spring for the first time. So it's very exciting and why wouldn't we give them the opportunity to work in the field and pay taxes as they have been. Working in financial aid, I do see that they file taxes, they work and they have to work to be able to pay for school."

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