In a letter sent today, University of California President Janet Napolitano joined California State University Chancellor Timothy White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor-designate of the California Community College System, in calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and allow the nation’s students known as Dreamers to continue to pursue their education in the United States.
In their letter, the three heads of higher education systems in California said college and university leaders across the country are concerned about reports that Trump might be considering ending the DACA program.
Under the program enacted by President Obama by executive order, individuals who were brought to the United States as minors, stayed out of trouble and continued their education can continue to pursue a college education and contribute to their communities and the nation.
"They should be able to pursue their dream of higher education without fear of being arrested, deported or rounded up for just trying to learn," they said in their letter. There will be time for debate around immigration reform later, but as Trump continues to build his new administration and cabinet, the leaders asked the president-elect to let DACA students "know that they are valued members of our communities and that they will be allowed to continue to pursue the American dream."
A copy of their letter to President-elect Trump can be found here.