News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2017-09-05

Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665

STATEMENT FROM AASCU PRESIDENT MURIEL HOWARD ON THE TERMINATION OF THE DACA PROGRAM

We are profoundly disappointed with, and strongly oppose, the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which individuals brought to the United States as children have been provided temporary reprieve from deportation from the only country many of them have ever known.

Today’s announcement is all the more unfortunate in light of the administration’s failure to articulate a solution to the plight of the more than 800,000 young people whose lives are turned upside down by this action. On multiple occasions, the president himself has expressed personal sympathy for young Dreamers, giving them hope that his administration will lead the effort to devise a legal solution to address their undocumented status. In terminating the program without proposing policy alternatives, the White House is abandoning these young and talented individuals to a fate that is as unnecessary as it is cruel.

We call on Congress to act immediately by passing legislation to resolve this human tragedy.

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