Kansas Colleges, Universities Struggle With DACA Repeal

"For many years, Kansas has allowed non-U.S. citizens who grew up in Kansas to attend public colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition rates, as long as they met all other qualifications for admission and residency. But the decision to rescind DACA has rattled all college and university campuses, officials said.


Law schools at both the University of Kansas and Washburn University are operating clinics to help students and others who will face legal issues if DACA is repealed and not replaced by another program.

KU offers free legal aid for DACA recipients

"Some DACA recipients have until October 5th to apply for renewal if their status expires between now and March 2018. With the deadline fast approaching, KU Law students and faculty say they’re ready to help.

'I want to be able to help out people, let them stay here in Lawrence and I don't think it was right to revoke DACA, it was kind of a surprise move,' First year law student, Max Iverson, said.

Law professor planning to leave University to serve as U.S. Attorney for Kansas

"Stephen McAllister will take a leave of absence if confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney for Kansas, however, he said he plans on returning to the University at the end of his term.

McAllister, a distinguished professor at the University’s law school, was nominated to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, McAllister will begin his four-year term as U.S. Attorney for Kansas. McAllister would replace Tom Beall as the chief federal law enforcement officer in Kansas."

KU Expands DACA Assistance After Flood Of Volunteers

"The University of Kansas School of Law is expanding free legal assistance for children brought into this country illegally by their parents. Under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), some children have been allowed to remain in the U.S. legally to work and attend school.


KU's Melanie DeRousse says they were planning to only offer free help to Douglas County residents, but a larger-than-expected pool of volunteers is now allowing them to help anyone.

Editorial: We’re grateful to Washburn, KU for helping with DACA renewals

"While Trump uses the Dreamers — including around 6,000 DACA recipients who are living in Kansas — as political leverage to pursue 'massive border security,' they only have until Oct. 5 to apply for renewal. This is why the University of Kansas and Washburn law schools are providing free legal assistance on DACA applications between now and the end of September. Considering the extremely narrow timeframe and severe consequences of failing to submit an application by the deadline, these services are vital."

As ‘Dreamer’ Deadline Looms, Law Schools’ Immigration Clinics Scramble to Help

"Law school clinics across the country have mobilized in the past week to assist DACA recipients, either by hosting informational sessions, helping them fill out the necessary paperwork to renew their status for two years, or through litigation. They have reached out to Spanish-language media outlets and community organizations to advertise their clinic services. There are nearly 800,000 people with DACA status, also called Dreamers, in the country.


Washburn, KU law clinics offer DACA renewal assistance before deadline

"The Washburn University and University of Kansas law schools will provide legal services this month to people affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to end a federal program offering protections for some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.


Melanie DeRousse, associate clinical professor of law and director of Douglas County Legal Aid, said all DACA renewal applications must be completed and mailed in time for the government to receive them by Oct. 5.


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