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How Universities Are Protecting Their DREAMers

The University of California is suing the Trump administration for rescinding DACA. Here’s what else colleges are doing to help undocumented students.
Carlos Esteban, a nursing student and recipient of DACA, protests the Trump administration's phasing out of the program.
Carlos Esteban, a nursing student and recipient of DACA, protests the Trump administration's phasing out of the program.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Last Thursday, police arrested more than 30 Boston-area professors in Harvard Square as they blocked Massachusetts Avenue to protest the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as minors to live, work, and study in the country legally.

Kirsten Weld, an associate professor of history at Harvard, organized the protest and was among those arrested. “We wanted to send a message to our students that we are going to fight for them,” she says. “We also wanted to show what actions educators can take, because we’re not going to get this problem solved through signing petitions.”