ESU Support for DACA Students
On September 5, 2017 President Trump issued an order to close the DACA program on March 5, 2018. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program established by President Obama in 2012 to offer renewable study and work eligibility to young people who were brought to the US as undocumented children.
East Stroudsburg University continues to support those students enrolled in the DACA program. This expression of support is aligned with the convictions expressed by nearly seven hundred leaders of higher education across the United States, and by our own State System of Higher Education (see statement below: “Board of Governors…”). ESU supports the goals of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General with respect to DACA, namely, that the program be maintained in order to protect and enhance the welfare of the nearly 6,000 DACA-enrolled Pennsylvanians.
Many other prominent national institutions, including major corporations, have likewise come forth to articulate unwavering support for those in the DACA program. These non-citizens (informally known as Dreamers or DACAmented individuals) often know no other home than this country; like US citizens, they enroll legally in high schools and universities, and pursue productive economic roles in our society. The DACA program is widely seen as beneficial not only to the almost 700,000 individuals currently enrolled in it across the country, but also to the United States as a whole.
Specifically, how does ESU support students with DACA concerns or questions?
- ESU’s Office of International Programs (OIP) continues to serve as an up-to-date informational clearinghouse for anyone with questions about DACA. The office is located in Stroud Hall, 103. The office’s director, Mr. Steve Ives, can also be reached at 570-422-3527 or email@example.com. Inquiries are treated confidentially.
- ESU and the State System of Higher Education encourage anyone seeking legal help regarding DACA to obtain a no-cost, confidential consultation with the State System’s immigration counsel, Goldblum & Pollins, by calling (215) 885-3600.
- A student’s immigration status does not change the way ESU Campus Police interacts with her or him. If an ESU community member seeks ESU police assistance as a crime victim or witness, Campus Police officers will continue to be here to help all students.
- ESU will continue to make every effort possible to inform our community of students, staff and faculty regarding the realities of DACA, in the interest of fact-grounded public discourse and respectful human interactions.
DACA: Resources & Information
- Up-to-date information on DACA from website of US government (Department of Homeland Security).
- Full information for Pennsylvania DACA students on how to gain access to higher education.
- Facts on the DACA program.
- Frequently Asked Questions on DACA.
- Addresses popular perceptions of DACA.
Statement from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education
A SPECIAL MESSAGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
September 6, 2017
Dear students, faculty, and staff:
Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney General announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was established by executive order in 2012 to provide certain protections for the children of illegal immigrants. The Attorney General announced a wind-down process that would provide Congress time to take action regarding the issue.
The State System and its 14 member universities remain committed to providing access to high-quality, affordable education to each and every one of our students. Out of respect for fairness and for the rule of law, we urge Congress to take action that will — once and for all — provide legal clarity to this group of individuals who have been caught in the middle of an immigration dilemma through no fault of their own. In the meantime, our universities will continue to support all 100,000 students who are part of the State System and will encourage them to press on and attain their higher education goals.
Because citizenship status is not a factor in determining eligibility for admission to State System universities, the System is not able to determine what number of its 100,000 students might be affected by the elimination of the DACA program. However, students from the 14 State System universities affected by this issue can receive a no-cost, confidential consultation with the State System’s immigration counsel, Goldblum & Pollins, by calling (215) 885-3600.
Cynthia D. Shapira