Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy is among the higher education leaders to sign an American Council on Education letter urging Congress to pass legislation protecting Dreamers, the group of outstanding young people brought to the United States as children.
“Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends. Despite the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our country and its economy and security,” the letter to congressional leaders states. “They should continue to be able to do so. If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America.”
As the letter notes, there is widespread, bipartisan support across the country for the Dreamers, many of whom have status under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that was rescinded by President Trump on Sept. 5. The president set the end date for DACA at March 5, 2018, giving Congress six months to pass legislation to provide a permanent solution.
Bryn Mawr has established a webpage with U.S. Immigration Policy Information that is regularly updated.