Saratoga, CA – West Valley College will sponsor a discussion on undocumented students and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this Wednesday, December 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the WVC Campus Center. Leading the discussion will be Bill Ong Hing, director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic and law professor at the University of San Francisco.
DACA maintains that individuals who entered the country as children and met the guidelines could request discretionary consideration of deferred action against deportation for a period of two years. DACA does not grant lawful status, but by volunteering for this program it provides many students respite from the fear of being deported.
Last week the leaders of the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges submitted a letter to President-elect Trump urging him to continue this program. Many students are struggling with the possibility that their lives and educational aspirations may be dramatically altered should the DACA program be discontinued.
West Valley College President Bradley Davis is committed to supporting our students as they face an uncertain future.
“We have many DACA and undocumented students at West Valley who need our support in this difficult time. We are committed to celebrating the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and ideas of every member of the campus community. Simply put, we will stand and face this challenge together,” said Davis.