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Her Dream? To Call the U.S. Home .............................................................................................................. By Shari Roan Viridiana Chabolla was only a few days into her first year at the UCI School of Law when that helpless feeling she had first experienced as a child welled up once again. Walking to class on the morning of Sept. 5, 2017, she watched a livestreamed video on her cellphone of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring a phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows most immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to obtain work permits and protects them against deportation. One of those so-called dreamers, Chabolla walked into her classroom and slumped into a chair.

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“I felt resignation; I felt incredibly powerless again,” she recalls. Later that day, the UCI School of Law’s dean, L. Song Richardson, announced that the school would stand by all DACA students, and Chabolla started thinking that she needed to fight, not sulk: “I felt that I had to figure out what I could do to make sure people know this is not OK.” She has done just that. A few weeks later, she joined a landmark lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to end DACA. Chabolla is one of six plaintiffs in Garcia et al. v. United States of America et al., which charges that the repeal is biased against Latinos and

UCI Magazine Fall 2018 -- The American Dream  

In this edition of UCI Magazine, we focus on the university’s work in manifesting “The American Dream.” Our cover story, “Advancing the Amer...

UCI Magazine Fall 2018 -- The American Dream  

In this edition of UCI Magazine, we focus on the university’s work in manifesting “The American Dream.” Our cover story, “Advancing the Amer...