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News Links | September 7, 2017

September 07, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Thousands potentially eligible for DACA in Yakima County

It’s unclear how many Yakima Valley residents will be affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — known as DACA — because the only statistics being kept are on state and national levels. There are 17,843 people with DACA status in Washington and nearly 800,000 nationally, but there’s no clear breakdown on how many there are in Yakima County or any other county, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which processes and finalizes DACA applications. ... Tracking the number of DACA students at colleges and universities is difficult because students are not required to reveal their status, said Tomas Ybarra, vice president of instruction at Yakima Valley College.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 7, 2017

With DACA’s end in sight, Washington colleges and officials urge Congress to act

Officials and colleges in Whatcom County are urging Congress to act to protect undocumented immigrants brought in the U.S. as children after the announcement Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump’s administration will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, if a solution is not reached by March 5. The presidents of Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College joined 50 other colleges in Washington state in signing a statement of support for DACA Tuesday. The letter, signed by all community and technical colleges, public colleges and universities and independent colleges in the state, urges Congress to pass the DREAM Act or similar legislation.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 6, 2017

Washington fighting DACA repeal

Washington colleges and universities are taking a stand against Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... The Washington State Council of Presidents, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Independent Colleges of Washington and Washington Student Achievement Council issued a statement on Sept. 5, urging Congress to use the six months it has before DACA is set to be gradually rolled back to pass the Dreamer Act or some other legislation that will allow students “to continue to contribute to the global competitive environment.” ... Seattle Central College signed on to this statement, as did Seattle University.
Capitol Hill Times, Sept. 6, 2017

DACA recipients, supporters rally in Skagit County

Drivers honked and people beat drums in downtown Mount Vernon on Tuesday as dozens lined the intersection of Third and Kincaid streets to protest a decision announced earlier in the day by President Donald Trump that could affect up to 800,000 young immigrants living in America — some of them in Skagit County. It was the first of two rallies held near the Skagit County Courthouse protesting Trump's announcement to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. ... “We’re not who (Trump) says we are,” said 19-year-old Dania Jaramillo, an undocumented student at Skagit Valley College who is a member of the college's new Dreamers Club. The term Dreamer is often applied to DACA recipients. ... [SVC President Tom] Keegan joined the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Washington Student Achievement Council and presidents from the 33 other state community colleges, six public universities and 10 private universities in signing a statement in support of DACA.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 5, 2017

DACA phase-out leaves many Tri-Citians worried and uncertain

Elizabeth Hernandez didn’t know her social security number. She was a teen, just starting to apply for college. She hadn’t needed to produce it before. But there on the financial aid form was a space for her personal nine-digit code. ... Now 29 and in the Tri-Cities, she’s been able to work and feel more secure under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that shielded young immigrants like her from deportation. ... In a statement, numerous state higher education leaders, including the presidents of the state’s public baccalaureate colleges and universities, community colleges and technical colleges, said the decision to phase out the program “leaves us with profound disappointment and pained yet unequivocal resolve to stand up for our students who are among the 800,000 nationwide registered under DACA.” ... Columbia Basin College and Washington State University’s presidents were among those who signed.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 5, 2017

Downtown Yakima rally brings out supporters for DACA recipients

Kimberly Alemán clearly recalled the day she was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that allowed her to work in the U.S. while she attended Yakima Valley College. “I was in tears because I knew my life was about to change,” the 22-year-old told a crowd of more that 50 people during a noon rally Tuesday at Yakima’s Millennium Plaza just hours after President Donald Trump announced his plans to scrap the program. “Today I am fearing what is next.”
Yakima Herald, Sept. 5, 2017

Walla Walla Community College teacher advances vineyard technology

As a hot Walla Walla Valley summer draws to a close, grape harvest nears. The ripening clusters hanging from gnarled, leafy vines look primordial, timeless. Indeed, grapes have been grown, crushed and fermented into wine for at least 6,000 years. But for 99.9997 percent of that time, no drones have been involved. Many things about the relationship among soil, water, sunlight and grape vines today would still look familiar to a grower in 4000 B.C. At Walla Walla Community College’s Stan Clarke Vineyard and College Cellars winery, however, the times they are a changin’ in a high-tech way.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sept. 5, 2017

EvCC teacher awarded grant to buy water-sampling equipment

Students in Kerry Lyste’s geography class at Everett Community College soon will have new equipment to help them research environmental issues around Puget Sound. Lyste received a $22,656 grant to purchase instruments that should allow students to do higher quality water sampling during trips to places such as Orcas Island and Deception Pass.
Everett Herald, Sept. 5, 2017

Highline’s Puente Program aims to build bridge for disadvantaged students

Maria Toloza-Meza has waited for this opportunity for a long time. When the Federal Way resident was going through the education system, she needed someone to take her under their wing and give her the encouragement to achieve in school. Without that support, she dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. Toloza-Meza said this is a struggle all too common within underprivileged Latino communities. Through the help of Highline College, however, not only did she get her high school diploma in 2016, Toloza-Meza yearned for more learning.
Federal Way Mirror, Sept. 5, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Stress worldwide

Many college students are stressed about finances — but none more so than American students, according to the results of a new report by Sodexo. The lifestyle survey, which Sodexo has administered since 2004, functioned as a marketing tool for the company to learn the habits and thinking of the demographics it serves — colleges and their students. Sodexo has started expanding its reach beyond food services and advised colleges other aspects of operations, such as parking or student affairs-related matters, said Patrick Connolly, its chief executive officer of global schools and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2017

ACT scores are up

ACT scores are up this year, but the scores of black and Latino students and those who did not complete recommended college preparatory courses remain far behind those of other students. Data released today cover those who graduated from high school this year, many of whom are now enrolling in college. The College Board releases data on SAT score a little later than the ACT does, and so those statistics are not yet available. This year the average composite score on the ACT was 21.0, up from 20.8 a year ago. (The maximum score on each part of the exam, and on the composite, is 36.)
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2017

The uncomfortable truth about campus rape policy

The way in which Bonsu’s case was handled may seem perverse, but many of the university’s actions — the interim restrictions, the full-bore investigation and adjudication even though R.M.’s own statement does not describe a sexual assault — were mandated or strongly encouraged by federal rules that govern the handling of sexual assault allegations on campus today. These rules proliferated during the Obama administration, as did threats of sanctions if schools didn’t follow them precisely. The impulse behind them was noble and necessary — sexual assault is a scourge that should not be tolerated in any society, much less by institutions of higher learning. But taken in sum, these directives have left a mess of a system, and many unintended consequences.
The Atlantic, Sept. 6, 2017

Diversity is up in humanities at 2-year colleges

At a time when many four-year institutions are worried about decreasing numbers of humanities graduates, the number of underrepresented minorities earning associate degrees in the humanities and liberal arts has increased in recent years. A report released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences reveals that, in 2015, 32.1 percent of the associate degrees in the humanities were awarded to black, Hispanic or Native American students — a 149 percent increase from 1989, when the data were first collected. In 1989, 12.9 percent of those degree recipients were from those racial and ethnic groups. Associate degrees in the humanities also tracked higher with minorities compared to other associate-degree fields.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Video: DeVos to end Obama rules on campus sex assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Thursday that she plans to end the Obama administrators guidelines for colleges on investigating sexual assault, saying the rules are unfair to victims and the accused.
The Associated Press, Sept. 7, 2017

Why Trump's immigration gambit will likely backfire

President Trump may have hoped to increase pressure on congressional Democrats to accept other hardline elements of his immigration agenda this week by rescinding the program that has protected from deportation about 800,000 “Dreamers,” young people brought to the country illegally by their parents. But it’s more likely Trump has triggered a process that will divide Republicans, further estrange him from the business community, and ultimately paralyze Congress, placing the issue of how to handle the “Dreamers” squarely back on his desk when his six-month deadline expires.
The Atlantic, Sept. 7, 2017

Senate bill boosts maximum Pell Grant

The Senate appropriations committee will consider Thursday a spending package that boosts the maximum value of the Pell Grant by 1.7 percent, using funds from the program’s reserves. The spending package — part of a bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies — also holds steady current funding for the Federal Work-Study program and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 7, 2017

Washington state sues Trump; says DACA’s demise shows bias

Charging President Donald Trump with violating promises and discriminating against young Mexican immigrants, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday that 15 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2017

Trump ends DACA

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, through which about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children have gained the right to work and temporary protection against the risk of deportation. The administration said it will phase out the program, which was established by President Obama in 2012, after a six-month period to give Congress a chance to act on legislation that could restore the program. In a Tweet on Tuesday evening, Trump said, “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!”
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2017

Colleges deplore Trump’s threat to DACA. How far can they go to fight it?

As Labor Day wound to a close, college press offices were busy. News had broken over the weekend that the Trump administration planned to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay to allow Congress time to attempt a legislative fix. The Obama-era program has given roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the opportunity to live, work, and study in America, free from fear of deportation. Since many of the program’s beneficiaries, known as Dreamers — for the never-passed-by-Congress Dream Act, for which DACA was really a stopgap measure — are college students, institutions rushed to issue statements condemning the decision and imploring President Trump to reconsider.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6, 2017

For students imperiled by Trump’s DACA rollback, a scramble for answers

Jose Guillermo Rivas was immersed in the first day of his internship on Tuesday when news broke that could crush his dream of becoming a high-school guidance counselor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, provoking different levels of panic among Mr. Rivas and the hundreds of thousands of other so-called Dreamers who face the possibility of deportation over the next few years unless Congress acts. ... As they sifted through news reports about what the gradual phaseout of the DACA program would mean, Dreamers and their supporters shared and updated details on how applications and renewals are likely to be handled.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6, 2017

Opinion: Former attorney general Eric Holder: The Trump administration’s deep misunderstanding of DACA

Our nation’s sense of morality — and of itself — is once again being tested. President Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, threatening to deport nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants — the “dreamers” — and crassly justifying the decision by hiding behind a false interpretation of immigration law and our constitutional separation of powers.
The Washington Post, Sept. 6, 2017

Editorial: Congress must act quickly to protect Dreamers

No one should be surprised that President Trump would seek to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Promising a hard line on immigration issues on the campaign trail, Trump made only the mildest statements of support for the 800,000 Dreamers protected by the program since taking office, promising they could “rest easy,” and that he would show “great heart” in his decision but never giving the program explicit backing. ... But the crisis and the deadline are manufactured. While there is support for DACA and legislation to protect it among Republicans and Democrats — specifically Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and this region’s Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene — six months is a woefully short timeline for Congress even in the best of situations. 
Everett Herald, Sept. 6, 2017

Trump traveled from fiery to conflicted on dreamers

The calls began in the hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office. The president-elect was attending a morning prayer service and many in the party were celebrating a long-awaited return to power. But incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus was in a van, parked outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, fielding phone calls from anxious Republicans all asking the same question: What was the new president going to do about DACA?
The Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2017

A looming state-federal conflict on sex assault

A couple of years ago, advocates for rape survivors and victims celebrated. California’s Legislature passed a new law — one that created, in the activists’ view, a strong definition of consent and cemented into state statute portions of federal guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assault cases. Such state legislation, not just California’s, but also in New York and Illinois, surpassed what federal rules required, but never clashed with them. But now President Trump’s Education Department is widely expected — perhaps this week — to readjust that guidance, which was issued in 2011 by the Obama administration, setting up, in some experts’ opinions, inevitable court challenges should those state laws conflict with whatever directive comes from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 6, 2017

Rep. Jayapal proposes bill that would make college tuition-free

The college year has started again, and for many students that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2015 in Washington state graduated with an average debt of $24,600. The College for All Act now in Congress aims to change that, making tuition for a four-year college free for students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year, and free for anyone attending a two-year community college. The bill’s sponsor — Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents Edmonds in Washington state’s 7th Congressional District –said it is a practical and affordable plan.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 6, 2017

State delegation, Ferguson, Inslee, UW vow to join fight

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday riled many of Washington’s political, business and education leaders. In a rare bipartisan show of support, Washington state’s congressional delegation expressed strong support for continuing legal protections for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 5, 2017

Washington state AG Ferguson presses his case on suing over Trump’s DACA move

Hours after the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson reiterated his intention to sue the president. “It’s immoral and it’s illegal, ” Ferguson said in a statement. “There’s a lot of conversation going on right now amongst a handful of Democratic AGs,” he said in a call to reporters shortly afterward. For about a week, the state attorneys general have been speaking daily, he said, referring in particular to Xavier Becerra of California and Eric Schneiderman of New York. A larger group of state attorneys general might also be interested in joining a lawsuit, Ferguson said. But he said he couldn’t specify when or where he and others might file. And he declined to answer questions about the legal arguments they intend to make.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 5, 2017

‘End of life as we know it’: With DACA ending, Washington state Dreamer prepares for fight

Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa wakes up around 6 a.m. every day, anxious. “I could literally wake up to the end of DACA,” he said of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which since 2012 has allowed young people brought to this country illegally to live and work here. As a 22-year-old DACA recipient, the waiting has been killing him. “He should announce it already,” Quiñonez Figueroa said Friday in his Northgate apartment. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did it for the president.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 5, 2017

Opinion: Let DACA deadline kick-start overdue immigration reform

The Obama administration’s program protecting young immigrants brought to this country illegally as children was meant to be a stopgap until Congress acted on immigration reform. Now President Donald Trump has given Congress a deadline of six months to do what President Barack Obama wanted in the first place: Fix the nation’s broken immigration system. The harsh, divisive rhetoric of Trump and U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions regarding immigration is repellent, but the challenge is now before Congress to shake off its dysfunction and finally act on immigration reform. It must not fail.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 5, 2017

Trump will end DACA in 6 months, confirming Dreamers’ fears and putting onus on Congress

A program that has given some 800,000 undocumented immigrants a chance to attend college, work, and build lives in the United States without fear of immediate deportation will be phased out after a six-month delay to give Congress a chance to come up with a legislative fix, the U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, announced on Tuesday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 5, 2017

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