A short time ago, the White House announced that it is terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. According to the administration, applications will no longer be accepted, effective immediately, and the program will fully expire in March 2018, giving Congress six months to replace it with new legislation. We will work to provide a more complete analysis of this action within the next 24 hours and post it to our webpage dedicated to updates on immigration-related information.
In the months leading up to this decision, many of my peers at institutions across the country and I have strongly advocated for the continuation of DACA, evidenced by the more than 600 higher education leaders who signed this November 2016 letter of support. As I stated in a recent letter to our U.S. Congressional leaders:
"The young people who benefit from DACA - children who had no control over how they arrived in the United States - are active, engaged and contributing members of higher education learning communities across the country. ... The individuals (DACA) protects add immeasurable value to our colleges and universities, our communities, and our country as a whole."
As we evaluate the implications of this decision and explore opportunities for further advocacy on the legislative front, I want to reaffirm what I shared with you last academic year: Bucknell is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy, including as follows:
Our University is committed to fostering an environment in which students develop intellectual maturity, personal conviction and strength of character, informed by a deep understanding of different cultures and diverse perspectives. We must continue in our efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive community, supporting, in particular, our students and colleagues most directly impacted by recent decisions from the White House. Together, we will continue our work to create a better Bucknell for all.
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