December 5, 2016
President David Dawson has joined 450 college presidents across the country in signing a statement in support of deferred action on undocumented immigrant students pursuing higher education.
The statement, which comes one month after the U.S. presidential election, calls for the country’s leaders to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The American immigration policy, which was started by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
"The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society,” the statement reads. “As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals.”