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Princeton, a student and Microsoft file federal lawsuit to preserve DACA

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Princeton University, one of its students and Microsoft have mounted a legal challenge to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as announced on September 5, 2017. The complaint, filed on November 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that DACA’s termination violated both the United States Constitution and federal law.

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The DACA program permits undocumented students who arrived in the country as children to obtain protection from deportation, allowing them to continue their studies or work in the United States. To demonstrate their eligibility for the program, Dreamers had to provide the government with detailed and highly sensitive personal information, pay a significant fee, and submit to a rigorous background check.

The complaint says that Princeton “will suffer the loss of critical members of its community” if DACA’s rescission is left to stand. Princeton’s DACA students “are among the most accomplished and respected students studying at the University” — they “study in a diverse array of fields,” “serve as mentors and peer advisors, class representatives in student government, and as community organizers and campus leaders,” and “have earned numerous academic honors, awards, and fellowships.” The presence of the Dreamers on campus “helps fulfill Princeton’s educational mission,” in which “diversity and inclusion” play a central role.

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