- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Western Washington University has reportedly rescinded an undocumented student’s election to the Student Board of Directors because of her immigration status.

Ana Ramirez was recently elected as vice president of governmental affairs, becoming the first undocumented student elected to Western Washington’s student board, a local NBC affiliate reported.

But because Ms. Ramirez is an illegal immigrant who failed to apply in time for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), the university has invalidated her election.

“As much as the University values undocumented students and has a deep commitment to inclusion, we cannot put individual students or the University at risk of violating federal or state law,” the university said in a statement, NBC reported. “Until or unless an undocumented student candidate receives DACA approval, that student cannot be employed by the University in any capacity.”

Ms. Ramirez, who was brought to the U.S. illegally by her father when she was 6 months old, said her DACA application is currently under review.

“I mean, I already won this election,” she told NBC. “There is no reason to take away this position. I’m fully capable.”

University officials said they advised Ms. Ramirez to get her application in early if she wanted to run for student office, NBC said. Ms. Ramirez blamed her failure to do so on President Trump.

“It was during a time when he was talking about repealing DACA,” she said. “It costs $495 to apply. I didn’t want to apply early and lose all that money.”

Ms. Ramirez said the school should make an exception and let her assume office while her application is being reviewed.

“The rules always need to be challenged,” she said. “This is something that wasn’t created for someone like me, or other undocumented students. That needs to change.”

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