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Immigration Debate: Letter urges Trump to protect undocumented students

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Leaders of California's public universities called on President-elect Donald Trump to defend undocumented students.

A letter sent to Mr. Trump urged him to let students known as "dreamers" pursue their goals of higher education without fear of deportation.

While many students at San Diego State University support the idea to allow their fellow undocumented colleagues to carry out their education, critics argue it needs lawmakers approval.

Three of California's major school systems sent the letter to Trump Tower asking President-elect Donald Trump to honor DACA - President Obama's executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

DACA protects undocumented students who arrived to the United States as a child and meet certain requirements.

In the letter, the president of the UC system, CSU Chancellor and California Community College Chancellor Designate wrote that undocumented students are constructive and are contributing members of communities.

Marguerite Telford at the Center for Immigration Studies said the order meant nothing on paper and needs to go through the legislative process.

"You have to realize some of the DACA recipients right now are 35-years-olds. For some reason the media, and the advocacy groups are painting it like these were babies in parents' arms coming across the border. It needs to go back to Congress," said Telford.

Since Trump was elected, local schools have reached out to students promising protection.

Next spring San Diego State will be the fifth CSU campus to have a "dream success resource area" that has a dedicated space to support undocumented students on campus.

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