AAUW Responds to Rescinding of DACA ProgramSeptember 05, 2017
WASHINGTON — American Association of University Women Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“AAUW is proud to be part of a community that fights for the civil rights of all Americans, including immigrants. We stand, and will continue to stand, with the nearly 800,000 Dreamers and DACA recipients. This action by the Trump administration is a firm rejection of one of America’s founding principles: that with hard work and education anyone can achieve their own version of the American dream.
At AAUW we understand the impact that education exerts on the lives of students and on the nation’s overall prosperity and strength. We remain committed to increasing opportunities in education for all women and girls. One quarter of DACA recipients are enrolled in postsecondary education and another third of the recipients are high school students weighing options to further their education upon graduation. With the rescinding of DACA that American dream will be shattered, effectively slamming the door to opportunity for these students. Congress now has the opportunity to emerge as a moral leader on this issue by passing the bipartisan, bicameral Dream Act, which would offer much-needed relief and protection for DACA recipients.
AAUW will continue to stand by immigrant students and strongly defend their right to an education. The future of our nation depends on it.”
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