Prescott College's Official Statement on DACA

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Prescott College President, John Flicker, released the following statement on September 7th, 2017


This week, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be phased out. This decision affects not only some of our students and colleagues – as well as their families and friends – but also the entire Prescott College community.

Prescott College strongly opposes ending DACA. We will be working with others in higher education to urge the President, Congress and other federal officials to reinstate DACA protections and to protect the rights of those with DACA status.

The DACA program was created in 2012 to address the plight of immigrants brought to this country as children. They had no choice in the matter, and this is the only country they know. Over 800,000 young people have applied and been approved for the program. DACA has allowed them to obtain work permits and driver’s licenses, and gain access to financial aid to attend college. At the request of the federal government, they came out of the shadows and exposed themselves and their families in order to more fully participate in American democracy. Now, they are at greater risk of being deported because they voluntarily stepped forward and submitted proof of their undocumented status to the government.

Prescott College has a long history of working with immigrant rights groups and standing in solidarity with undocumented students. We will continue welcoming undocumented and DACA students to apply for admission and scholarship support through our Freedom Education Fund – a full scholarship for an undocumented student – as well as other scholarships designed to make a Prescott College education affordable regardless of national origin.

Prescott College is reviewing and revising our policies to assure our campus remains safe for all students regardless of identity and background.  We will vigorously protect the privacy of student information and records in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and best practices for schools developed by the National Immigration Law Center. We will not allow agents of the federal government nor local law enforcement on campus to enforce federal immigration laws without a lawfully issued warrant.  We will not tolerate hate speech nor other discrimination against immigrants or other systematically disadvantaged groups on our campus.

There are a number of web-based resources that may be helpful for students and families directly affected by the DACA decision as well as other members of our community interested in informed action around DACA:

Onward,

John Flicker