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Students unsure over Trump’s promise to repeal DACA

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Immigration has been a key issue of President Elect Donald trump's campaign. It remains to be seen whether he will keep his promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Days after the election, hundreds of students across the country, including Georgia, took to the streets to stand with undocumented students. Thousands of students fear their education may be in jeopardy.

It’s hard to predict Trump's actual plans on immigration. During his campaign he changed his stance on the issue several times and that has undocumented students on edge.

One of those students is Ivan Vargas. He followed the campaign closely.

"I have to admit that I was surprised, for a moment, and then it dawned on me that this is deeply rooted in America,” said Vargas. “Just the slogan, 'Make America Great Again,' has racial codes.”

Vargas was brought to the United States illegally from Mexico by his parents when he was 8 years old. He is one of 23,000 immigrants in Georgia who are protected by President Obama's Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program. The program allows undocumented students to remain in the US to work and attend school without fear of deportation.

Susana Ramirez is an undocumented student herself. She was also brought to the US from Colombia when she was a child.

While DACA allows students like Ramirez and Vargas to attend college, for years Georgia's university system chose not to recognize it. But just this week, Georgia State and Augusta universities announced they will begin to consider admitting undocumented students.

The policy change sounds promising but it could soon be scrapped.

"When you do find out, it affects you tremendously. A lot of students kind of give up on school and just stop doing the work because they realize, why should I keep going if college is really not a possibility for me in Georgia," said Ramirez.

The Chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans has concerns with GSU and Augusta University changing their policies.

"The policies from the university is no different than the policy of DACA and that it’s a temporary solution that is very unilateral and doesn’t provide full and long last relief to both sides of the debate,” said Robert Lee.

Whatever Trump's plans are, many undocumented students remain in limbo.

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