Over 50 Student Government Leaders Sign Letter to Trump asking to Continue DACA

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Student government leaders aren’t too happy with Donald Trump’s proposed policies and how it affects illegal immigrant students:

More than 50 student government presidents have signed a letter to President Trump asking him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, many of them now college students, have obtained the right to work and temporary protection from deportation. Trump has said he would end the program, created under President Obama’s executive authority, although the White House chief of staff told Fox News Sunday this weekend that the president wants to work with legislators “to get a long-term solution on that issue.”

The letter also urges Trump to continue visas for international students as well as H-1B visas, which for some international students provide a route to staying and working in the U.S. after graduation but which Trump has criticized as a “cheap labor program” ripe for abuse. During the campaign Trump at one point proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country and subsequently said he would temporarily suspend visa processing for certain countries “that have a history of exporting terrorism” in order to put in place new screening procedures — what he called “extreme vetting.”