Oklahomans react to DACA announcement; those in program face few legal options

Sep 6, 2017 by

STILLWATER — Standing silently against gusting winds outside Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library, Yeider Perez pondered his fate as dozens of fellow immigrants and allies stood by his side.

The architectural engineering student has spent two years as an OSU Cowboy after his acceptance in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, designed to protect from deportation young adults who were brought to the United States as children without authorization.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end of the program. U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions said the government would give Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution before it stops renewing the two-year permits.

Perez said the decision means his years as an OSU student will be irrelevant if he loses his status.

“For now, it seems like I’ll have to go back to hiding, I guess,” Perez said. “I really plan on finishing college somewhere. There’s other options, but you have to meet certain credentials for that. But being DACA, some of those don’t apply to me. We’re DACA, and we’re good citizens. I don’t see why we have to be looked at as the enemy or some kind of villain.”

The protesters stood on a short brick wall across from the library’s foundation without saying a word as students passing by took photos and watched.

“DACA students right now feel helpless,” said student Amanda Sandoval, president and founder of OSU’s chapter of Voto Latino, the student engagement group that organized the protest. “We’re just unsure as to what’s going to happen and what we can do.”

Source: Oklahomans react to DACA announcement; those in program face few legal options | Homepagelatest | tulsaworld.com

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