BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish on Tuesday joined more than 200 other college and university presidents in supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed some 741,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country.
The president of Pomona College, in California, organized the effort in response to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign pledge to end the DACA program, which President Obama authorized by executive action. Farish joins with the presidents of Brown University and Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Connecticut, in signing the letter, which calls for the continuation and expansion of the program.
“This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity,” the statement reads. “America needs talent — and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.”
Farish said, “At a time of leadership change in Washington, when there is the possibility of the introduction of significant differences in policy implementation and enforcement, it is vitally important for college and university presidents to affirm long and deeply held beliefs and values endemic to the American system of higher education.”
“Since President-elect Trump called for an end to the DACA program during the campaign and because significant numbers of DACA registrants are students at our nation’s universities, college and university presidents are urging the continuation of the program so that these students have the opportunity to complete their studies without fear of imminent deportation,” Farish said. “We want these students to know they have our support, rather than feeling that they are being abandoned to deal with this threat on their own.”Back to Top