Petition to Act - Protect Missouri DACA Recipients

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Dear State Senators and Missouri Representatives:

We, the students of the University of Missouri, Columbia, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of their immigration status.

We particularly ask that you express commitment to the protection of all students, especially those who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA has been rescinded, making students once again vulnerable. This includes the risk of deportation, loss of their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall University of Missouri System. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Through months of dedication, we gained hundreds of signatures to protect the current 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall UM System.

Students at universities and colleges statewide who have DACA should not have to fear about losing their education or about their safety on campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are a community that supports them and that they’ll always be welcome here.

We emphasize that this will not only affect students in the UM system but also their families. People’s lives are at stake and we can not stand by and watch them suffer.

To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps to be taken:

  • We request that you publicly give a statement speaking on your stance about DACA.
  • We request that you advocate for Missouri and all DACA recipients by meeting with other representatives, senators, and congress members to discuss ways in which DACA can be protected.
  • We strongly urge you to take action to ensure that Missouri supports to keep DACA in place in the upcoming vote in March.

We emphasize again that this affects our community deeply and we hope that you are on board to keep this community safe.


Sincerely,

The Association of Latin@ American Students



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