More than 600 college and university presidents came together in the fall of 2016 to stand up in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a statement launched from Pomona College, leaders of institutions large and small, public and private, cited the “moral imperative” and “national necessity” of supporting DACA, which has benefitted nearly 800,000 young people since its inception in 2012.
Today, amid continuing reports that the program is in jeopardy, Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr and President Emeritus David Oxtoby reaffirm the College’s strong and unequivocal support for undocumented students and ask other higher education leaders as well as the community to reach out to their elected representatives and policy contacts and ask for their support for legislative remedies.
College campuses across the nation have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. “Ending DACA means that these young people – Americans in all but legal status – will be vulnerable to deportation,” said Starr and Oxtoby. "They will lose their ability to contribute fully to our campuses, to our communities and to our country. Their loss, and that of other undocumented young people, is fundamentally our country’s loss."
See full list of higher education leaders who stand by the DACA program.
See the latest statement from Pomona’s leadership renewing the call to action to save DACA.