Following the rescission announcement, Covino met with Dreamers to reiterate his support and concern, which were also expressed in University-wide messages in the fall. DACA students whose status or associated Employment Authorization Documents are due to expire prior to March 5, 2018, were required to submit a renewal application in October. The University assisted students by providing photography services and paying the application fee. The fees were paid using non-state, non-university funds. Covino joined educational leaders across the nation in signing a letter urging congressional leaders to pass legislation that protects Dreamers. The signing was organized by the American Council on Education in October.
In the months before the announcement to phase out the program, Cal State LA Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez and students joined California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in urging Trump to defend DACA. At a news conference at Cal State LA, Becerra announced that attorneys general from 20 states had signed a letter appealing to Trump.
“Without DACA life would be different for me and for others,” one student said at the event, as she pressed for the continuation of the program. “… Because of DACA, I was able to discover my purpose.”
As of press time, Congress had not taken action to preserve DACA.