DACA

About a hundred students traveled to Washington D.C. last week to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act. Among them was Bruna Cardoso, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduate student,

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There's an important deadline this week for thousands of "Dreamers" across the state.

Thursday is the last day to apply for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA.

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Two SIU-Carbondale students who are a part of the DACA program remain hopeful about completing their college careers.

That's even though President Donald Trump announced this week he's ending the program, which deferred deportation proceedings for certain young undocumented immigrants.

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell says the university's doors are open- and will remain that way. He says he's having to battle rumors of closure after a fake news story started circulating on social media.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the system will not be designated as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Dunn said campus chancellors and other officials concluded that the concept of a sanctuary campus is not clearly defined in a legal sense and violating the law would put SIU and all of its students at risk, including the potential loss of federal financial aid. But, Dunn said the system would to everything it can - within the scope of the law - to support its students.

SIU's two campuses are weighing requests to become so-called 'sanctuary campuses' for undocumented students.