1. Statement on DACA from President Mark Schlissel

    September 3, 2017

    I stand with hundreds of universities across the country – and Congressional, state, business, and community leaders from both parties – to urge President Trump to continue the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program so our students can continue to dream and contribute to our nation’s intellectual and economic leadership.

    Yesterday, the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for actions that would, “at a minimum, codify the provisions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy into law.”

    At the University of Michigan, we will continue to assess the consequences of any changes to DACA and keep our community informed. I also want all students to know that I view their opportunity to study here as both the right thing to do and in our nation’s best interest. As I said during remarks at Friday’s New Student Convocation: “I would like to reiterate to all of our students, from our own state, elsewhere around the country, and from all around the world, that you are welcome here. We are proud you have decided to pursue your education at the University of Michigan. You make us a stronger university and enrich our community and nation by your many talents, hard work, and the diverse perspectives and life experiences you bring to campus.”

     

    Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students

    ( November 21, 2016 )

    President Schlissel and more than 600 college and university presidents signed a statement calling for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be “upheld, continued, and expanded.” The statement below statement and the list of signatures is available on the Pomona College website.

    Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students

    The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society. 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.

    Since the advent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student leaders, working across campus and in the community. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech, and the non-profit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.

    To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded. We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.

    We call on our colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and non-profit sectors to join with us in this urgent matter.