September 1, 2017
The news from Washington concerning the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is lacking in clarity at the moment, and the fate of the program’s nearly 800,000 beneficiaries is uncertain. We may know more in the coming days, or it may be that a long battle is still ahead to protect these young immigrants, most of whom know no home other than America.
In this time of uncertainty, I want to reaffirm Trinity College’s unwavering support for DACA students. Last year we joined more than 600 college and university presidents in pledging our support for DACA and urging our country’s leaders to uphold, continue, and even expand the program. Today, our institutions are united in renewing that call and asking others to do the same.
Here at Trinity, we have practices and policies in place to support all members of our community—including students whose immigration status may put them at risk—and to provide them with access to the full Trinity experience. We have compiled a list of resources and information for DACA and undocumented students, and we hope this information is helpful to those students who are particularly vulnerable and to others in the community who want to provide support. We will continue to do all we can within the law to protect and support our students.
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience