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DACA decision and the University's stance

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The following message was sent from President Eric W. Kaler to University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students.

To the University community,

I am deeply disappointed by the decision today to begin to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Along with my senior leadership team, we are especially concerned for young people registered in the program, many of whom are our students. They were given a promise that they would not be targeted for deportation. Today's decision, while delaying the process, still raises that unconscionable possibility.

Our students who enrolled in DACA are valued members of our university community.  Many DACA students have called Minnesota home for most of their lives. As a system, we will do everything possible under law to support them in the face of today's decision. 

DACA has changed lives and allowed young people to attend college, pursue graduate degrees and launch careers. In their quest to advance their lives and pursue their learning and life goals, these fellow Minnesotans represent what is best about our state and our nation. 

I stand with them and urge Minnesota's Congressional delegation to work to extend DACA to protect our students and their families, and to keep the promise of opportunity.

Read the full message on the Office of the President website.

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