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Rutgers President says DACA repeal is 'inconsistent with American values'

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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.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi. - ()

“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.

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Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers education and politics.

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Jazzyfiz September 7, 2017 11:21 am

Actually, letting the Legislative branch make laws and take care of this is 100% consistent with American Values. Because that's how America WORKS. President Obama overstepped his boundaries when he went above Congress's head and allowed this. President Trump is bringing it back to the way it should have been done. Do you know why they had such a hard time passing the Dreamers Acts in the past? Because they try to put so much more into it. It got away from creating a road to lawful permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship, and added stuff like "Improve college affordability for undocumented youth and other immigrants by changing rules that limit their access to in-state tuition and college loans."
I'm sorry, but Dreamers should be 100% about making it easier to get citizenship. Nothing else. Don't muddy it with other stuff- legal immigrants already have better access to affordable college. Illegals DO NOT. Undocumented immigrants should be limited in regards to in-state tuition and affordable college loans, just like regular Caucasian American born youth are. Also-
they MUST 100% Demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak English and show a knowledge and understanding of U.S. civics.that is part of the proposed act, that is part of the naturalization process, and that is part of being a viable member of the American society.

AJV September 7, 2017 4:21 pm

Res Trump did not eliminate the illegal DACA. He put it in the hands of congress who can make it legal if they believe it should be. Hopefully this will be one issue of bipartisan agreement for a change.