Message from President Robinson About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The Graduate Center - Office of the President


September 5, 2017

Dear members of the Graduate Center community,

Earlier today, the Trump administration confirmed plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the U.S. as children and allows them to pursue education and employment.

Chancellor Milliken and the CUNY Board of Trustees have articulated CUNY’s position on this issue, which the Graduate Center wholeheartedly supports.

I invite you to read the statements below.

President Chase F. Robinson


STATEMENT FROM CHANCELLOR JAMES B. MILLIKEN ON PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO RESCIND DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

“The president’s decision on DACA threatens to push hundreds of thousands of undocumented Americans to the shadows of our society, leaving them at risk of deportation from what is, in most instances, the only country they know and the one they love and contribute to every day.   Unless Congress acts to remedy this disaster, it will crush dreams and tear apart families.

“We are fully committed to the thousands of CUNY DACA students and will do all we can to support them. They represent some of the most talented and creative voices in the CUNY community and our city. We will do everything we can to help persuade Congress to shore up support for the DACA community, not undermine it, and CUNY will provide counseling and guidance to help our DACA students with their needs and questions.

“CUNY, with the backing of TheDream.US, has been the leader in providing private support to DACA students, and we will continue to provide the financial support they need to succeed in college.  CUNY Citizenship Now! provides the nation's most extensive university-based legal support program for immigrants and its experts are ready to advise our DACA students.

“The welcome we offer to these students – and the contributions they make in return as neighbors, co-workers and proud Americans – represent the best of our country’s values and traditions and should be supported.”


A STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

The City University of New York was founded on the principal of equal access and opportunity for all.   For 170 years, we have represented the ideals of a nation built on aspiration, educating generations of children and grandchildren of immigrants who have achieved their dreams and advanced the nation's essential values.  Our nation, like CUNY, has served as a beacon of hope for all people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families and any effort to deny such access should be strongly opposed.  The CUNY Board of Trustees fully supports any and all efforts to block the President's misguided actions to wind down DACA.  We remain steadfastly committed to protecting and educating students in their pursuit of the American Dream, regardless of their status. The hopes and aspirations of CUNY’s DACA students cannot be rescinded, extinguished or otherwise ended by political cynicism.
 
William C. Thompson, Jr., Chairman
Barry F. Schwartz, Vice Chairman
Michael Arvanites
Henry Berger
Una S. T-Clarke
Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez
Fernando Ferrer
Mayra Linares-Garcia
Kevin Kim
Robert F. Mujica, Jr.
Jill O’Donnell-Tormey
Brian Obergfell
Charles A. Shorter
Ken Sunshine
Sandra Wilkin
Katherine Conway
Chika Onyejiukwa

Submitted on: SEP 5, 2017

Category: Diversity | President's Office - Community Message