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Subject: President’s Statement on DACA

September 4, 2017

In November of 2016, I joined 639 other college and university presidents in urging President Trump to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I reiterate now what we stated then; DACA should be upheld, continued, and strengthened.

DACA is a moral imperative and a national necessity. The program supports talented students who have been raised and educated in the United States and are a part of our national and local communities. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders, they are essential to our future.

With DACA protections, countless individuals have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech, and the nonprofit sector. They have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.

Reed College intends to continue to support these students. I urge President Trump to do the same. I urge the President to continue the DACA program and to find a solution for a permanent path forward to help ensure that all students have access to education.

John R. Kroger
Reed College