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(Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

As confusion swirls about the future for DACA beneficiaries, local school districts and colleges are reiterating their support for DACA students. Here are websites and links for Dreamers looking for legal resources:

For students and workers:

  1. The University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, based in UC Davis, offers legal representation and advice.
  2. University of California Undocumented Student Services: Individual UC campuses also have resource teams and programs for students who came into the country without legal permission, listed on this page.
  3. The California State University system lists campus-based support resources for students and employees as well as legal support services throughout California, by county.
  4. UCLA law lecturer Victor Narro suggests the website Informed Immigrant, where organizers are compiling information.

For parents of Dreamers:

  1. We are one L.A. Unified: Standing with immigrant families: Los Angeles Unified School District has published immigration guides in both Spanish and English, directing families to many low-cost legal resources and attorneys around L.A. 
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted President Trump's decision to end a program that deferred deportation for 800,000 young immigrants and urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them.

"This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California," she said in a statement Tuesday. 

Napolitano, who crafted the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy when she was U.S. Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration, said the 10-campus UC system would continue to offer services for students who are in the country illegally. About 4,000 such students — also known as Dreamers — attend UC schools, with the largest number at UCLA and UC Irvine.  

Hundreds of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights high school students walked out of class Nov. 14 to protest the election of Donald Trump as president
Hundreds of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights high school students walked out of class Nov. 14 to protest the election of Donald Trump as president (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District doubled down on their support for immigrant students after the Trump administration announced that it would phase out DACA.

“I am concerned by this decision and its long-term impacts on the students, families and employees of L.A. Unified,” Supt. Michelle King said in a statement. “These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history.”

L.A. Unified previously passed a resolution saying schools would make it harder for immigration officials to enter campuses. The district also launched a hotline for families struggling with immigration issues under Trump and started the school year with an inclusion campaign called “We Are One.”

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California’s top education official denounced Trump decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

“Our country made an honest deal with these students — study hard, earn your degree and you will get a fair chance to compete for college,” state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “We should keep deals, not break them.”

Torlakson said the students covered by DACA enhance California overall. “Their hard work, energy, dedication and diverse backgrounds help them contribute to our economy,” he said. About 217,000 children in California are Dreamers, according to the California Department of Education.

(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

President Trump is expected to announce Tuesday whether he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, people familiar with the plans say.

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UC Irvine students and members of Chabad on Campus dance around Rabbi Blue, with guitar, after Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a pro-Israeli film screening in May 2016.
UC Irvine students and members of Chabad on Campus dance around Rabbi Blue, with guitar, after Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a pro-Israeli film screening in May 2016. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot)

A pro-Palestinian student group at UC Irvine is appealing its punishment in response to a protest during an Israeli veterans panel on campus in May.

University administrators gave the Students for Justice in Palestine two years of probation, 12 mandatory meetings to discuss free speech and a requirement to meet with administrators two weeks before hosting any event.

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(Associated Press)

Ankur Dhawan’s 6-year-old daughter walked into the living room one day in June and told her family she’d learned in school that you could be a girl in a boy’s body. Her classmate was one of those girls, she said.

She began to learn her way around the subject when her teacher at her Northern California charter school, Rocklin Academy Gateway, read from the book “I am Jazz,” co-written by transgender teenager Jazz Jennings. Earlier that week the teacher had told the class to refer to their classmate as a girl, by a new name.

(Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times)

They aren’t children, they aren’t perfect and — no matter what happens in Washington — they aren’t going to cower in the shadows anymore.

Some of them don’t even like the evocative label “Dreamers,” finding it as stigmatizing as the “model minority” stereotype that raises the hackles of so many Asian Americans.

“There’s this definition of a ‘dreamer’ that you are this perfect, good immigrant, but the reality is, everybody has a different story,” said David Buenrostro, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 4 and grew up in South El Monte. He also thinks it stigmatizes the parents who brought children to the U.S. for a better life.

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(Erik Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Police arrested an alleged gang member in connection with an assault that left a San Pedro High School teenager comatose.
  2. A private investigator working for USC is seeking evidence of former medical school dean Carmen Puliafito's activities.

In California:

  1. Schools are issuing messages of solidarity and urging President Trump to help students in light of his reported upcoming decision to pull the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  2. Trump has proposed slashing federal work study for college students, a program that has given $107 million in aid to Californians.


  1. A boycott of a school that serves exclusively Native American students in upstate New York has been resolved.
  2. What the invitation list to a roundtable in Florida says about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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For Dr. Carmen Puliafito and a group of younger people he befriended, life was a photo op.

Partying in Las Vegas or shopping at Target, pumping gas or playing cards, the dean of USC’s medical school and his younger companions captured their time together on camera. They snapped photos and filmed videos of wholesome activities — cuddling a litter of kittens, cheering on the Dodgers — with the same gusto that they recorded hotel room orgies and drug binges.

In the wake of revelations about Puliafito’s double life, USC has taken a strong interest in these images. A private investigator working on behalf of the university last month repeatedly contacted a former member of the group, a recovering addict from Orange County, in an effort to obtain pictures and videos of the former dean.