ASUA Statement on DACA

Sept. 5, 2017

ASUA Statement on End of DACA Program

TUCSON, Ariz. — Statement by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona on Tuesday's formal announcement of the end of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

"President Barack Obama's executive order from 2012 known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals enabled young people who were brought to the United States as children to obtain a renewable two-year legal presence, work permit, Social Security numbers and eligibility for in-state tuition at Arizona public universities. DACA students at the University of Arizona are assets to the campus and Tucson community. They and their families contribute to Arizona's economy and continue to be an important part of our social and cultural fabric. DACA students are Wildcats in every sense; their contributions to our campus community are invaluable and irreplaceable. 

"Due to executive action regarding the status of the DACA program, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona reaffirms its commitment to all DACA students on campus, as well as the 30,000 DACA-approved youth in Arizona and their families. As a part of that commitment, ASUA has succeeded in assisting with providing private scholarship opportunities for DACA students at the University of Arizona. In addition, ASUA will continue to push lawmakers to ensure DACA students have in-state tuition for the rest of the 2017-2018 academic year and afford all students their protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. We also want UA administration to fulfill its commitment to reach and uphold the status of an Hispanic Serving Institution. It is critical that administration at the UA show that DACA students, like all Wildcats, have the opportunity to reach their academic, professional and social goals."

 

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Media contact:
Matt Lubisich
Associated Students of the University of Arizona
949-702-3159 (NOTE: for media use only)
mlubisic@email.arizona.edu

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader and ranked 16th for the employability of its graduates, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 21st among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.