Friday, February 24, 2017

Colleges Try to Ease Immigrant Students' Stress as Government Steps Up Deportations

Kelly Field
February 24, 2017

The Trump administration’s recent moves to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants have colleges searching for ways to help immigrant students who fear authorities will target them or their families.

“There is deep anxiety and stress among our students. The fear and fear-mongering brought on by this administration cannot be overstated.” On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland issued new guidelines meant to increase arrests and speed deportations of undocumented immigrants. Those documents don’t affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy of the Obama administration that allows young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to remain in the United States to study or work. But President Trump’s new policies and threats to revoke DACA have caused widespread anxiety among "DACA­mented" students — those who successfully applied for DACA benefits — as well as other undocumented students on campuses.

In response, counseling centers, already stretched thin by rising demand for mental-health services, are adding new programs for these students; campus legal clinics are offering advice to them and their families; and many departments are creating spaces and forums where students can share their feelings of frustration and fear, or simply vent.

Read full story via the Chronicle of Higher Education here.

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