Friends and colleagues,
The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is critically important to thousands of community college students throughout the United States. Officials from the Trump Administration have indicated recently that the President is weighing options relating to the continuance of DACA. This includes the possibility of phasing out or terminating the program. As the Administration considers the fates of the more than 750,000 young people registered under DACA, Grand Rapids Community College affirms its strong support for our DACA students and urges President Trump to work with us and all higher education institutions in continuing to assist these students.
DACA provides educational and career opportunities for undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as minors, and who frequently have no ties to the countries from which they came. Terminating or phasing out DACA will leave thousands of young people, including many of our students, in limbo.
GRCC is committed to being “an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community.” Our mission confirms our support for all students who come through our doors, and we remain steadfast in our support of our DACA students and their GRCC experience.
Grand Rapids Community College urges the Trump Administration to work with Congressional leaders to implement a long-term solution that supports DACA students.
Bill Pink, Ph.D.
President, Grand Rapids Community College