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Thankfully, IVCC​ ​makes​ ​a​ ​stand​ ​for​ ​the​ ​‘Dreamers’

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Alyssa McCauley, Staff Writer

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On​ ​Oct. 23.​​ IVCC​ made​ ​​a stand​ for​​ students​ ​who​​ are​ ​dealing​ ​with ​ongoing​ issues ​​in ​the DACA​ ​program.​ ​

The​ ​president​ ​of the ​American​​ ​Association​ of​ Community Colleges sent a letter addressed to members of the United States Congress on behalf of a​ ​group​​ of​​ ​community​ ​colleges, including 28 from Illinois.

The letter begins by stating on behalf of the colleges that “each and every community college is dedicated to the proposition that accessible, high-quality college education should be available to all those who aspire to it.

“The President’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has created turmoil and anxiety on community college campuses across the country. The President’s action gives Congress the enormous responsibility of acting quickly and definitively to ensure that DACA covered students can continue to concentrate on their studies without fear of deportation or other disruptions. Now is the time to enact the Dream Act, or something similar, to help thousands of DACA recipients pursue and achieve their dreams of a higher education.”

The letter continues by reminding lawmakers that these “Dreamers” are human. It states, “For many DACA recipients, the U.S. has been the only place they’ve ever called home. They must meet stringent requirements to qualify for the program. With the DACA work authorization, recipients are making enormous economic, social, and civic contributions. They should be encouraged to stay in our country, not face deportation.”

Lastly, the letter states that, “As leaders in our local communities, community colleges hope that a bipartisan solution on this compelling issue can be reached quickly. We stand ready to provide any support needed to achieve this. Our students deserve nothing less.” IVCC agrees they will stand and support this issue if that’s what it takes to resolve it.

IVCC President. Jerry Corcoran stated, “Tearing families apart without a path to citizenship seems unconscionable in my world.

“As a community college advocate and long-time IVCC employee, I often reference our core values when talking about how we should treat each other.”

The current options for dreamers within the DACA program fall short of these core values.

These values can be found displayed around the school in various places, and can also be read in the front of the school student planner: they are responsibility, caring, honesty, fairness, and respect.

This is why the school signed onto the letter, along with other colleges to take action in the fight to protect people who deserve the protection.

Hopefully this action will help guide the process to ensure the “Dreamers” are well protected and can continue to pursue their educational goals as well.

“Dreamers” are just as they sound. These people are having to work much harder than someone who has unaltered freedom and an easier life.

This can be witnessed even in the college’s Financial Aid office. According to the Financial Aid office, students without “legal papers” are able to file the FAFSA, but cannot receive federal or state aid. This is not the college’s fault, but an unfair creation of law. There are so many unfair laws that are in action currently, and it is going to take stands like this in order to create a more equal ground for all human beings.

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One Response to “Thankfully, IVCC​ ​makes​ ​a​ ​stand​ ​for​ ​the​ ​‘Dreamers’”

  1. AnnaMolina on November 2nd, 2017 3:46 pm

    Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.” and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.

    The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.) This is another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien its “Immigrant.” (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    The GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the BILLIONS we spend on illegal aliens.

    “Some” of the costs associated with illegal immigration……Dollars and Blood.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student.

    *Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

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