In a message to the USC Community, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp expressed support for undocumented students after President Donald Trump’s recent attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
“It is with great joy that we acknowledge and celebrate the nearly 700,000 current and former students who have benefited and now may continue to benefit from DACA, which was announced by President Obama in 2012,” Crisp said in a statement. “The decision is the result of three years of hard work by advocates and educators from around the world, including many here at USC, who have helped provide for undocumented students the resources and support to achieve their educational dreams at USC.”
Crisp further encouraged recipients and first time applicants to seek legal guidance, referring them to USC Gould Immigration Legal Assistance Center, a free resource which provides free legal assistance and to Student Equity and Inclusion Programs, which also provides a list of resources for undocumented staff and students.
On June 18, the US Supreme Court ruled Trump’s bid to end the 2012 program “unlawful,” marking a victory for DACA recipients and advocates. The anticipated decision comes after years of anti-immigration rhetoric from Trump during his presidency.
The ruling, Crisp says, “underscores our efforts to increase programming for various underserved student communities, including but not limited to First Generation Students, Former Foster Youth, Native American, and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) students.”
In addition to programming, Crisp says that the university will be enhancing the current for Asian Pacific American, Black, Latinx/Chicanx, Veteran, and LGBT spaces in Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the Student Union.
“While we allow ourselves a brief moment to celebrate this victory, we must also acknowledge that there is much more work to be done,” Crisp’s statement read. “It is our hope that these new spaces and programs will improve and facilitate dialogue, build community, and greatly enhance student well-being and success.”