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WIU responds to DACA cancellation

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WIU currently has 15 students that use DACA. WIU currently has 15 students that use DACA.
Howard said he doesn't agree with the Trump Administration's decision. Howard said he doesn't agree with the Trump Administration's decision.
Hancks said he is in charge of recruiting international students. Hancks said he is in charge of recruiting international students.
Over 800,000 students nationwide are affected. Over 800,000 students nationwide are affected.
The DACA program allows students to go to school in the United States. The DACA program allows students to go to school in the United States.
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

15 students at Western Illinois University currently are able to attend the university because of DACA, but with the president's new order that could soon change.

News about the Trump Administration's plan to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program spread across Western Illinois University's campus on Tuesday. 

Students like Kendall Howard said they aren't too happy about it.

"It really doesn't sit right with me to punish students that didn't really have a choice in whether or not they came here." Howard said. "I figured it would be a high number, but that's way more than I could have anticipated." 

Over 800,000 students are eligible for the program.

Dr. Jeffrey Hancks, the Executive Director of the School of International Studies said 15 students at WIU are what's known as 'dreamers'.

"It's a small percentage of our students, but these are students who we care about very much, and we want to make sure that they have a full experience as students here at this institution." Hancks said.

Hancks also added that it's his job to recruit international students, and he's had to answer questions from many concerned people.

"Policy that's well beyond the compounds of this campus have impacts on us, and we have to sort of answer for what's being done on the national level." Hancks said. 

Students like Howard said that they hope something can be done to keep their classmates in school.

"I feel like uprooting their lives over something like that, that's not good, and there should be some amnesty involved for students that are at college and trying to better their lives." Howard said.

Congress will now have six months to determine a final solution concerning DACA.

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