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Chancellor's Blog: Advocating for DACA recipients

| Chancellor James Schmidt

In the wake of yesterday’s decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following a six-month delay, I want you to know what UW System President Ray Cross and I are doing to persuade Congress to take action on DACA legislation.

Since early this year, we have been closely tracking developments related to DACA and other immigration issues. In March, I was signatory to a letter from the American Council on Education to President Donald Trump thanking him for his positive comments about “Dreamers” and asking him to continue to support the DACA program.

On Aug. 30, President Cross sent a letter to President Trump expressing “serious concerns about the future of the DACA program” and urging continued support for it.

Today, I sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and all members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation asking them “to swiftly approve legislation that will enable qualified DACA individuals to remain in the U.S.”

President Cross sent a similar letter from UW System.

This is an important issue for our campus, our community, our state and our nation. As I stated in my recent message marking the opening of the 2017 academic year, we have a top priority in the coming months to more fully live our commitment to being an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus community where all of us can thrive and succeed. My support of DACA participants and advocacy for passage of federal legislation is in keeping with our EDI values and goals.

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