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Board of Regents asks Trump to protect DACA students

Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 15:24:49-05

The Arizona Board of Regents drafted an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump Friday, asking him to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

"Students who were brought to our country when they were children in most cases lacked the capacity to violate our immigration laws and they desire to better themselves through the opportunities that higher education provides," Regent Jay Heiler said in a statement. "While the board remains committed to complying with all state and federal laws while protecting the civil and legal rights of all students, we respectfully ask President-elect Trump and his administration to work with Congress to design and provide relief for these students within the overall approach to immigration enforcement and reform."

The board drafted the letter due to concerns that the Trump administration will take away rights of DACA students. Currently, DACA students who reside in Arizona pay in-state tuition rates.