The University of Southern California Student Government (USG) approved a $10,000 fund Tuesday night to support DACA students who will be affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to enforce immigration laws.
The money will help fund their reapplication fees according to USG president Austin Dunn who said, “I will make it my absolute personal mission to ensure that every student’s needs are met,” the Daily Trojan reported. The proposal was written by the associate dean of religious life, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Dunn said.
“With the latest news from the White House, the emergency fund is as important as ever,” the proposal reads. “Any USC students who are already on DACA and have a renewal date in the next six months are being instructed to complete their renewal documentation before Oct. 5 of this year.”
Dunn said the money from the fund will be distributed to students based on who can least afford to bear the burden of a reapplication fee, but did not explain any concrete method for how this would be determined.
Dunn said he created the fund in a state of urgency after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced DACA’s end on Tuesday. “There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering,” Sessions said. “The compassionate thing to do is to end the lawlessness, and enforce our laws.”
“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first. We are facing the symptom of a larger problem, illegal immigration, along with the many other chronic immigration problems Washington has left unsolved,” Trump said in a statement following Sessions’ announcement. (Related: Trump Administration Announces Rollback Of DACA Program)
The president of the university, C.L. Max Nikias, also released a statement regarding DACA Tuesday.
“As president of one of the most global and diverse university communities in the world, I am deeply concerned about the adverse impact that potential DACA changes might have on our DACA and undocumented students,” he wrote. “We will continue to live by our shared values, ideals, and aspirations, as enshrined in our Principles of Community, to support everyone in our Trojan Family, regardless of immigration status or national origin,” he went on.
“We are committed to continuing to work closely with all of our students to ensure that we are meeting their financial and academic needs, particularly those needs that might arise from changes in DACA,” the president concluded.
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