ACCT Urges Trump Administration to Maintain DACA

August 29, 2017

According to recent reports, officials from the Trump Administration have indicated that President Donald J. Trump presently is weighing options relating to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This includes the possibility of phasing out or terminating the program. DACA is critically important to thousands of community college students. As the Administration moves toward making a decision regarding the status of the more than 750,000 young people registered under DACA, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) would like to once again affirm strong support for DACA and our DACA 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 in limbo. In addition to the change in immigration status, the rescission of DACA will curtail the ability of these individuals to work lawfully and to receive in-state tuition in some instances.

It is part of community colleges’ core mission as open-access institutions to serve and educate all members of our communities. DACA is an important asset that facilitates this mission, providing stability and economic opportunity.

ACCT urges the Administration to maintain DACA, and to work with Congress to implement a long-term solution that supports DACA students.

J. Noah Brown
ACCT President & CEO