President calling for immediate release of the DREAM 30

Stand in solidarity with nearly 2 million undocumented community members

 
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"As President of Prescott College, an institution dedicated to social justice, I support the immediate release of the 25 undocumented youth who are currently being detained by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the El Paso Detention Center. "

As President of Prescott College, an institution dedicated to social justice, I support the immediate release of the 25 undocumented youth who are currently being detained by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the El Paso Detention Center. On September 30th, 34 undocumented youth who have spent significant portions of their lives living in the U.S. re-entered the United States at the border crossing in Laredo, Texas. These young people, known as the DREAM 30, took this action to return to their communities and also to stand in solidarity with the nearly 2 million undocumented community members deported under the Obama administration as Congress begins to address problems with our obsolete immigration policy. Wearing their caps and gowns, the DREAM 30 participated in this act of civil disobedience to stake their claim in the pursuit of an education and the American Dream.

In July of 2013, the DREAM 9 took similar action as means of drawing attention to the unprecedented number of deportations executed under the Obama administration. They were successfully granted the right to return home to their families, yet this was one victory in the prolonged struggle ahead to gain citizenship through political asylum. The fact that the DREAM 9 were released on discretion exemplifies the Obama administration’s power in the current situation.

All 34 DREAMers would be eligible for the DREAM Act path to citizenship currently being considered as part of the immigration overhaul pending in Congress.

This movement seeks a humanitarian parole policy that would reunite families and put an end to the deportation of our students, parishioners, friends, and family members. In addition to recent direct actions taken to physically stop deportations, these acts of civil disobedience draw national attention at a time when the focus is on comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.

I urge you to release them immediately to their families and not deport them for this act of civil disobedience.

 

Kristin Kristin R. Woolever 

President Prescott College 

220 Grove Avenue 

Prescott, AZ 86305 

kwoolever@prescott.edu

(928) 350-4100

 

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About Prescott College:

As a nationally acclaimed institution of higher education located in the central highlands of Arizona, Prescott College offers competency based programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education in six general areas: Environmental Studies, Human Development and Psychology, Education, Arts and Letters, Adventure Education and Cultural and Regional Studies. A private, non-profit, four year college, Prescott College offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in an on-campus and limited residency format.

Founded on the premise of what college should be and funded by a Ford Foundation grant in the mid-1960s, a symposium attended by luminaries from within and outside higher education (including Henry Luce of Time/Life fame) met to create the ideal college—one which should focus on competency and breadth, experiential, self-directed hands-on learning, a focus on narrative evaluations and a pedagogically focused orientation process.  This meeting resulted in developing a unique schedule (the on-campus program while semester in tone, includes a one month block class followed by more extended class periods for the remaining 12 week semester), an acknowledgement of lifelong learning and the importance of life experience (resulting in the development of one of the first hybrid distance education programs and prior learning assessment), an immersion in environment (resulting in “The Southwest is Our Classroom” where all classes immerse in the subject under study including field classes in all areas) and a respect for theory and application (all students create a capstone project which contains a thesis and a practical application of that theory).

Consistently named one of the top campuses in the nation for environmental initiatives by the Princeton Review Green Schools, enrollment is approximately 500 resident students and 700 limited-residency students. www.prescott.edu

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