Greenville Co. School Board approves resolution to call for end to law barring DACA students from getting professional l

Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA). (Source: AP Images)

On Tuesday, the Greenville County School Board approved a resolution that calls on the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation that removes state licensing barriers from DACA students.

DACA offers protection for roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids. However, the Trump administration ended the program in 2017, and lawmakers continue to debate the status of the program.

Currently under a South Carolina law, DACA students cannot get professional or occupational licenses for dozens of jobs. Tuesday’s resolution states the restrictions on DACA students should be removed in order to fulfill a workforce shortage and keep these students from moving to another state.

Here is the full resolution:

Two board members abstained from the vote on Tuesday, but otherwise the other 10 were in favor.

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