Journal of Educational Controversy


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Colleges and Universities Take a Stand in Support of their DACA Students

Colleges and Universities Take a Stand in Support of their DACA Students

Many colleges and universities are taking a stand in support of their DACA Students in light of the Trump Administration’s rescinding of the Obama 2012 executive order for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and the phasing out of it over the next six months.

Here in Washington State, the presidents of Washington`s six public baccalaureate colleges and universities, 34 community and technical colleges, 10 members of the Independent Colleges of Washington, as well as the 10 members of the Washington Student Achievement Council issued a statement of support for DACA. 

Nationwide, over 650 college and university presidents from public and private institutions across the United States have signed a statement entitled, “Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.”  

The Association of American Colleges & Universities also issued the following response along with some additional links and resources:

AAC&U Responds to DACA Decision

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last week, AAC&U joined three dozen other higher education organizations as signatories to a letter urging President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and fulfill his promise to treat the Dreamers “with heart.” We are disappointed by the recent decision made by the Trump Administration to end the DACA program. AAC&U will continue to work with our member institutions to advocate for immigration policies and programs that ensure protections for the approximately 800,000 individuals who contribute greatly to the schools in which they are enrolled, the communities in which they live, and the democracy they serve.

The decision to end DACA, compounded with recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and tensions felt on campuses across the country, makes even more critical the role of our institutions not only in shaping the agenda for higher education, but in serving as a national voice on issues of racial and social justice. AAC&U stands alongside its 1,400 members in reaffirming a deep and abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic society and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education.

Additional links and resources:

HowHigher-Education Leaders Are Fighting for DACA (The Atlantic, September 1, 2017)

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