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Undocumented student loses school government position despite winning election, blames Trump

An undocumented student at Western Washington University has lost her position on the Student Board of Directors despite winning her (student government) election.

The main reason for Ana Ramirez’s predicament at the typically progressive institution is that she is not a DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — student.

According to KING-5, the university says Ramirez “would be violating federal law by taking the position because it’s considered ‘work.'”

“Until or unless an undocumented student candidate receives DACA approval, that student cannot be employed by the University in any capacity,” a Western Washington spokesman said in a statement.

And guess who Ramirez holds culpable for her dilemma? You guessed it — the president of the United States.

From the story:

DACA is the […] law signed by President Obama in 2012. It protects children of illegal immigrants.

But Ramirez didn’t apply for DACA in time for the election. Her application is still under review. She thinks the school should allow her to take office while the paperwork is being examined.

When asked why should the university make an exception for her, Ramirez replied, “The rules always need to be challenged. This is something that wasn’t created for someone like me, or other undocumented students. That needs to change.”

University officials said they advised Ramirez to get her DACA application in early if she wanted to run for student office, but she failed to do so.

Ramirez blames the Trump administration for that.

“It was during a time when he was talking about repealing DACA,” she said. “It costs $495 to apply. I didn’t want to apply early and lose all that money.”

Ramirez’s platform for the Governmental Affairs Vice President position included “a commitment to fighting for the needs of students of color.”

“Students of color are the most affected by the current political climate, and yet continue to be neglected,” her Associated Students page reads. “I believe we can best prioritize and fight for the needs of students of color through governmental affairs.”

The page also notes she is a member of the far-left student organization MEChA, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán.

Read the full article.

h/t EAGNews.org

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