“Today’s DACA Decision is Unconscionable”
- Ryan J. Smith, Executive Director of Ed Trust–West
Moneythink’s Public Statement
As college-planning and financial experts, we at Moneythink have worked with students from all backgrounds and of all citizenships statuses. We believe that children who grow up in America, who are educated in America, are fully and irrevocably Americans. A student’s immigration status or lack thereof should in no way affect their admission into institutions of higher education or their access to the resources needed to achieve college success.
We urge every member of Congress who values the future of American children, who values hard work and education, to act immediately in bipartisan support of preserving DACA (the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program) and to pass legislation providing a pathway for these children to secure citizenship.
Rescinding DACA does not make America safe — instead, it punishes American children who were born somewhere else, children who dare to aspire to the dreams of education and prosperity that we have raised them to believe in.
Defending DACA, moreover, rewards the hard work of young Americans who are pursuing an education to become self-sufficient, who are persisting in spite of their circumstances in the only country they know as home.
We encourage all American institutions of higher education to join the University of California in providing their undocumented students with services such as:
Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
Maintaining the DREAM loan program for financial aid;
Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.
We at Moneythink will continue to provide unwavering support to all our American students, who are learning, working, and serving in their communities today, who will ultimately make great contributions to the prosperity and advancement of their country.
This article originally was published on September 7th, 2017 on Moneythink’s previous blog site. Read more here: https://west.edtrust.org/press-release/todays-daca-decision-unconscionable-says-ryan-j-smith-executive-director-ed-trust-west/