John Bravman responds to DACA decision
‘The individuals (DACA) protects add immeasurable value to our colleges and universities’
Yesterday morning, John Bravman, President of Bucknell University, sent an email to Bucknell students and faculty, rejecting the termination of DACA. Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals is a U.S. immigration policy, passed under the Obama Administration, allowing undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors deferred deportation, as well as a chance to get a work permit to stay in the U.S.
In the email, President Bravman included a quote from a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders, signed by over 600 higher education officials across America:
'The young people who benefit from DACA — children who had no control over how they arrived in the United States — are active, engaged and contributing members of higher education learning communities across the country. … The individuals (DACA) protects add immeasurable value to our colleges and universities, our communities, and our country as a whole.'
His email contained a review of privacy laws under FERPA, which apply to all students, both documented and undocumented. FERPA states that no information about any students may be disclosed to any law enforcement officials without a warrant. He followed the FERPA laws with a statement of support for all students on campus.
'We must continue in our efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive community, supporting, in particular, our students and colleagues most directly impacted by recent decisions from the White House. Together, we will continue our work to create a better Bucknell for all.'
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