In 2016, Delaware State University became the only historically black university to join a coalition of colleges to offer undocumented immigrant students a chance at higher education. In its second year, DSU’s DREAMER program boasted its second cohort of students, with high-entering marks and rave performance reviews for its inaugural class.
Delaware State University made history last year as the first historically black university to welcome a class of undocumented students through the national DREAMERS scholarship program. This year, the university has announced its second cohort of 47 students to begin their college careers in Dover.
But a decision from President Donald Trump to repeal the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six-month buffer for Congressional reforms, may cause Delaware State’s diverse class of scholars to discontinue their studies and possibly face deportation.
President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm – and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.
The students discussed their plans and concerns with the Delaware News-Journal.