UC Davis chancellor talks DACA in Washington, DC: 'Keep American dream alive for all'

New UC Davis Chancellor talks immigration in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 25, 2017)

The new UC Davis chancellor Gary May traveled to Washington, D.C. to talk immigration Wednesday.

"Our commitment to supporting DACA students goes to the heart of who we are at UC Davis," said Chancellor May.

The chancellor spoke at an afternoon news conference with California lawmakers pushing passage of the DREAM Act.

"I view this bill as the most important thing we can get done now," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein. "Both political parties."

The future for close to 800,000 DREAMERS is anything but certain. They are the undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children.

"This is something we cannot play politics with when we have hundreds of thousands of young people who are terrified," said Sen. Kamala Harris.

Last month, President Donald Trump fulfilled one of his primary campaign promises when announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months.

"I have a great heart for the folks we're talking about," said President Trump. "A great love for them."

The President wants Congress to act before DACA expires on March 5.

"They deserve to pursue a college education without fear of deportation," said Chancellor May, who wrote an open letter to the UC Davis campus community. "I wanted to make it clear that UC Davis would never abandon our DACA students. I also called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for our students. That time must be now. We must continue to keep the American dream alive for all. The idea that DACA students could be deported as early as March 6 is chilling to me."

Earlier this month, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham outlined his demands.

"So here's the deal. I've never felt better about the DREAM Act that I do right now," said Senator Graham. "The March 5 Deadline is gonna make us act. Failure is not an option. I've never seen more bipartisan support for the DREAM Act than right this moment. The American people have heard you. They share your dream and overwhelmingly support your dream. I've got one simple goal. Be fair to those who have been here. Assimilate them into our country. Speak the language. Pay Fines. Get in the back of the line. Do it right, and also to end the third wave of illegal immigration by addressing the problem that my dear hero Ronald Reagan and those never addressed in 1986."

Chancellor May was in D.C. representing the UC System that has approximately 4,000 DACA students.  

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