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Local College Prepares to Support Students if DACA is Rescinded

Counselors at a college in Oceanside, California are preparing to help any students who may be affected if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA, is rescinded by President Donald Trump Tuesday.

Two people familiar with Trump's decision making told NBC News that the president was preparing to announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, but with a six-month delay.

"It’s frustrating," said MiraCosta College counselor Sinar Lomeli.

Lomeli told NBC 7, as of Monday night, educators on campus are continuing to help students per usual until an official announcement from the White House declares a change in the temporary relief program.

She explained she has seen students work extremely hard to pursue an education. 

"Some students take two buses and the Sprinter to get here," said Lomeli. "And then two buses and the Sprinter back, and then they have to go to work."

She added that many are financially supporting their families because they are the only members of the family who have legal permits to work.

"Some students, they're the only ones left because their family has been deported and they are working really hard to send money back to their parents," she told NBC 7.

MiraCosta College is providing support and referrals for students who will be affected by the potential change.

Lomeli stressed it's necessary to help those dealing with the fear and concern over the uncertainty of their future.

"The question we get right now is 'What are we going to do?'" said Lomeli.

If need be, Lomeli said the college will hold community forums where the students can get legal information on how to move forward.

A six-month delay would be intended to give Congress time to pass legislation that would address the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants covered by the program.

The White House has said Trump's decision would be announced Tuesday. The Justice Department announced late Monday that Attorney General Jeff Session would address the program at a morning briefing.

The program has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country in the form of two-year, renewable permits.

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