Sept. 5, 2017 – This evening, Newbury President, Dr. Joseph L. Chillo released the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to end the DACA program:
Today, the Trump administration announced its plan to “wind down” and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program gave approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants temporary protection against immigration and allowed them to attend college and work in the United States.
I would like to take this opportunity to affirm that the Newbury College community strongly opposes this decision by the Trump administration.
DACA has afforded many undocumented people, who were brought to the United States as children, the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a college education and a career in a field they are passionate about. We at Newbury know the effect a college degree can have and we strive to provide these opportunities for all students, regardless of their immigration status or citizenship. These people do not deserve to have their futures jeopardized and dreams destroyed simply because of the actions of their parents. Therefore, I urge Congress to create a feasible solution that upholds the protections of the DACA program.
Eliminating DACA will have a tremendous, negative impact on the lives of thousands of students in this country—students who have grown up in the United States and who are intelligent, talented, ambitious, positive additions to our colleges and communities. These are people who pay taxes, contribute to our economy, raise families, and call the United States home, just like the average American citizen. Without the protections of DACA, these people will lose jobs, be forced to drop out of school and live in constant fear of deportation.
Newbury is proud of our diverse student body and will work hard to ensure the safety and success of every member of our community. Newbury stands with the students affected by the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA.
To any student affected or concerned about this legislative decision, do not hesitate to reach out to the following resources:
I want to again affirm our commitment to an inclusive and welcoming community and extend our unwavering support for our undocumented students.
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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