Westminster Joins Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Students

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October 8, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College joined 165 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Westminster urges the Supreme Court to stand in support of DACA recipients — roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children. 

Read the brief at bit.ly/DACAAmicus. 

“Westminster students must not lose the ability to live, study and work in the United States,” said Beth Dobkin, Westminster College president. “Our campus community thrives because of the experiences and perspectives that all students bring. Our core value—social responsibility—means that what impacts one of us impacts us all.” 

Westminster President Beth Dobkin signed the brief as continued demonstration of the college’s support for DACA and immigrant students. Previously, the college signed the Statement of Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.

Westminster is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment where everyone can pursue their educational goals. We value differences across identities, perspectives and experiences, advocate for personal and social responsibility and work to safeguard those who are most vulnerable. Westminster College firmly stands behind our DACA and immigrant students.

The “friend of the court” brief was coordinated by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. DACA provided work authorization and protection from deportation to nearly 700,000 young people, enabling them to better support themselves and their families financially, build their careers and access higher education. If this vital program is rescinded, DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs and will be subject to immediate deportation. 

Since 2012, DACA has been extraordinarily successful, offering temporary protection from deportation and the ability to work legally to more than 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children. The program has benefited these Dreamers, including our students, their families, their communities and our economy tremendously.

On September 5, 2017, the national administration announced that they were terminating the DACA program, jeopardizing the futures of hundreds of thousands of young people. In the past two years, multiple courts have kept renewals ongoing for current DACA recipients, but Dreamers have still been forced to live court case to court case, uncertain about their futures and in fear of being separated from their families and the lives they have built over decades in the United States.

The future of DACA—and the futures of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers—will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on November 12, 2019. The court could hand down a ruling as soon as February 2020 determining if Dreamers will lose the ability to live, study and work in the United States.

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