Rutgers President Robert Barchi said eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was “inconsistent with American values,” and vowed support for any students affected by the program’s protections.
President Trump signaled on Tuesday his intention to end the program meant to protect children who entered the country illegally before the age of 16, unless congress acted within the next six months. The bill would affect roughly 800,000 people who were approved for the program since its implementation in 2012.
In an op-ed to Philly.com, Barchi said the issue wasn’t purely a political question.
“Regardless of what one thinks about the children of undocumented individuals living in the United States, there is another issue in play here — one of fairness and of honoring our commitments,” Barchi said.
Rutgers admission process does not ask questions about immigration status, so an unknown number of Rutgers students could be affected by the program’s protections.
Barchi suggested students contact representatives to support the BRIDGE Act, a bill with bi-partisan support that would extend DACA protections.
In a letter to the Rutgers community, Barchi reaffirmed that Rutgers would continue to not ask about immigration status from prospective students, that the university would continue to protect student privacy unless required by a warrant, subpoena or court order, and recommended students concerned about the issue contact representatives to support the BRIDGE Act.