Published: September 11, 2017
Dear Pacific Oaks Community:
The Trump administration announced that it will be winding down the DACA program over the next six months, leaving Congress to find a legislative solution for undocumented immigrants in the country. The DACA program started in 2012 and enables certain undocumented youth who entered the country as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
This is deeply disappointing to me. As a community of higher education that was founded upon a belief in the equal value of every individual, and one that supports the advancement of knowledge and cooperation globally, we will continue to support all members of our community. While we do not track student data on DACA participation given the wide-ranging effects of this policy, we believe that Pacific Oaks has distinguished alumni and current students who have benefitted from the DACA program. Without further action from Congress, these individuals face uncertainty about a future in the U.S. and the possibility of deportation. However, at this time, there are no indications from any government agency that an end to DACA will necessitate immediate changes to a current student’s enrollment status or financial aid eligibility.
Diversity is integral to our community and essential to our learning goals. We affirm our unwavering mission to advance student success and community through the impact of our graduates and commit to providing a safe and nurturing space to support their learning. As such, we join the larger efforts of the higher education community to support and advocate for our students with the intention of finding a legislative solution.
Attached is a Immigration Resource Guide to provide further guidance about DACA and other immigration issues. If you are interested in additional information on the recent changes to DACA, please visit the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and review their 2017 DACA Frequently Asked Questions.
Patricia A. Breen, PhD