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Statement in Support of our Undocumented Immigrant Students, Staff, and their Families

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We, the undersigned, endorse the following statement issued by Pomona College, which has been signed by over 500 university and college presidents around the country, including everyone of Quinnipiac’s “peer institutions.” We ask that President John Lahey and Provost/Executive Vice President Mark Thompson officially sign on to the statement on behalf of the Quinnipiac University community to indicate our university’s support for all of its students.

                                      

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

"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."

 

Furthermore, since Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers face certain enforcement restrictions on college campuses, we also ask our university leaders to pledge to do the following:

1.      Reaffirm the university’s commitment to support and protect all of its students and workers, regardless of their citizenship status, religion, ethnicity, or national origin

2.      Restrict Public Safety from inquiring about immigration status and collaborating with ICE

3.      Ensure student privacy remains guaranteed

4.      Make strictly confidential counseling and legal services available to undocumented students, DACA recipients, staff, workers and their families

5.      Should DACA be terminated or substantially curtailed, expand the financial aid or other support available to undocumented students

6.      Reaffirm the university’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing hate speech directed at immigrant, minority, and LGBTQ students and workers, and by informing the campus of resources for reporting and responding to bias and hate incidents



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