California education leaders say help available for DACA students

Jan 17, 2018

California’s community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status. 

The federal government began accepting DACA applications over the weekend after a California judge halted the Trump administration’s effort to wind down the program – at least for the time being.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says there is help available for DACA students to stay in the country and earn their degrees.

“We want to make sure that they understand that we want them to renew their status, we want them to apply, we want them in our colleges, we want them in our communities," Ortiz Oakley said. 

Oakley joined top leaders of the University of California and California State University systems – as well as Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who won the preliminary injunction in federal court last week.

The Trump administration is seeking to appeal the ruling directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.