DACA recipients, too, are people such as Yuriana Aguilar, who recently received her Ph.D. in quantitative and systems biology from UC Merced. Aguilar’s research on sudden cardiac death, the country’s most common cause of natural death, centers on T-wave alternans, or TWAs, and how they might predict such heart attacks much earlier than is currently possible and therefore better help people at risk.
The Center for American Progress estimates losing DACA workers would reduce our country’s gross domestic product by $433 billion over the next 10 years, with California taking the biggest hit. As the rigorous DACA application process verifies, Dreamers are productive members of our communities.
The Department of Homeland Security’s reasoning for rescinding DACA is based solely on the alleged illegality of a separate program that was never implemented. This is unreasoned and this is wrong.
No court has found DACA to be invalid, and indeed, the Department of Justice reaffirmed its validity in 2014.
Furthermore, the Trump administration’s actions clearly violate the due process rights of the University of California and its students and employees, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act, which prohibits federal agencies from acting in a capricious manner.
In November, the University of California will present its arguments in The Regents of the University of California and Janet Napolitano v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Elaine Duke, and a hearing on the case will likely be held in December.
In the interim, and until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, we must fight this shortsighted and unlawful move. These young people are, in every sense but one, as American as those whose relatives arrived in this country on the Mayflower.
Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, is president of the University of California.