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Rutgers president urges support of dreamers, lawsuit against ending DACA

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Rutgers University President Robert Barchi pledged his support for undocumented immigrants and said he is in favor of the state going to court to fight ending the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals program

Barchi spoke Wednesday at a Rutgers University - Newark board of governors meeting.

"We continue to be very, very much in the forefront of arguing in favor of protection for dreamers."

Robert Barchi, president, Rutgers University

DACA is an Obama-era policy that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, otherwise known as “dreamers.” It was rescinded by President Trump in September.

“As you know, issues with DACA continue to be at the forefront for our students and for our faculty and staff,” Barchi said. “We continue to be very, very much in the forefront of arguing in favor of protection for dreamers. We have generated a new round of letters in support of that and the state of New Jersey is joining a lawsuit against the rescinding of DACA. We’ll see what happens there. We hope our legislators can finally act on this with some positive outcome.”

Barchi said Rutgers will hold a symposium called “Fighting Hate While Preserving Freedom: Best Practices” at 9 a.m. March 27 at the Livingston Campus’ Business School Auditorium.

It will feature Rutgers faculty members and national experts and will be open to the public. Barchi said he will co-host the event with Rutgers Professor John Farmer, director of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience. The event will be streamed to all Rutgers campuses.

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