President David A. Greene sent the following to the Colby community on Sept. 5, 2017, regarding the recent announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
Dear Campus Community,
Last year, as questions about potential changes to federal immigration policy began to surface, I reaffirmed Colby’s commitment to protecting the rights of our students, faculty, and staff and expressed my support for continuing the opportunities provided by the federal policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Today Attorney General Sessions announced the administration’s intention to end DACA, which has provided access to education and employment for hundreds of thousands of young people.
Our commitment to members of our community affected by this decision is unwavering. And Colby as an institution is strengthened and its mission furthered by our ability to admit and support students regardless of their national origin or immigration status. We oppose policies that obstruct our ability to provide the most talented students from all backgrounds with access to a Colby education.
It is now in the hands of Congress to develop a legislative solution to safeguarding the rights of immigrant children who were brought into the country by their families. I am working with colleagues from across the country to act collectively and will be contacting Maine’s congressional delegation to advocate for legislation that provides lasting security and opportunity for undocumented students.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and insights.
David A. Greene