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Natalicio addresses DACA’s temporary victory

Gaby Velasquez

UTEP President Diana Natalicio and UT System Chancellor William McRaven have continued to show their support for DACA recipients after the Supreme Court said no to Trump’s request to review lower court decisions that keep DACA alive.

“At UTEP, we continue to stand firmly behind our DACA students and will continue to support them as they pursue their education on our campus,” Natalicio said.

DACA, a program that protects approximately 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, has been one of the most controversial issues since Trump took office.

McRaven said he believes that the DACA program is beneficial for the country and he encourages Congress to make a decision that will allow DACA recipients to become citizens.

“I was pleased to see the Supreme Court decide that the DACA program will remain in place for now. If you are a DACA recipient, your time on one of our 14 campuses should be marked by your hard work, determination and enlightenment—not by anxiety about your future,” McRaven said in a statement.

McRaven said that if the program is eliminated, the UT System would follow what the law tells them to do.

“Finally, if you are a DACA recipient, know this: as Congress and the courts continue to consider this issue, the UT System will always follow the law, but rest assured that our campuses will remain places where you can safely live and study,” McRaven said.

For more information on DACA visit or through the Dean of Students office at 915-747-5648.

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