Statement on DACA
Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
Please find below a message from the New York Six Consortium Presidents related to
the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The message may also be accessed by clicking this link.
September 5, 2017
We write to express our deep concern about President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). That program benefits some 800,000 young
people for whom the United States is home, and who are valued and productive members
of our society, as students, employees, community members, and taxpayers.
As presidents of institutions that increasingly reflect the remarkable diversity of
our country, we witness daily the tremendous benefit that the presence of immigrants
brings to our communities. DACA beneficiaries have been outstanding students on our
campuses; their presence has enriched the learning environment for all of our students.
We fear that the end of DACA will make our campuses, our communities, and our country
less successful and culturally robust.
We hope you will support swift legislative action to codify the principles of DACA
so that those who qualify for its protections may live in this country free from the
fear of deportation, enabling them to continue to contribute to the economic and cultural
well-being of our nation.
We are proud to be part of upstate New York communities that have embraced immigrants
and refugees from all corners of the globe for many decades. They are our students,
our colleagues, our neighbors, and our friends. Supporting legislation to retain the
protections of DACA “will ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty and the most hopeful society
this world has ever known (George W. Bush).”
Stephen Ainlay, President, Union College
Brian Casey, President, Colgate University
William Fox, President, St. Lawrence University
Philip Glotzbach, President, Skidmore College
Gregory Vincent, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
David Wippman, President, Hamilton College