Dear FSU Community,
With the U.S. Supreme Court holding oral arguments earlier this week on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I recognize this could be a difficult time for our DACA and undocumented students and families. According to the National Immigration Law Center, the Supreme Court will likely issue its final decision close to the end of June 2020, though it could come as early as January 2020.
I’m reaching out in solidarity and to reaffirm that we will continue to support our DACA and undocumented students. FSU will advocate for the right of our DACA students to remain in this country, which is their home.
This uncertain time may be impacting students in many different ways. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources available on our campus and in our community. These include the University’s Counseling Center, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, and the Dean of Students Office.
Additionally, there are resources compiled here: https://libguides.framingham.edu/daca
The Framingham State University community stands firmly on the side of our DACA and undocumented students. We will keep you apprised if we learn more about actions being taken at the state or federal level related to this issue. Please reach out if I, or others, can be helpful at this time.
Dear Members of the MA Board of Higher Education:
By now you are all aware of the unfortunate decision of the administration in Washington DC to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Governor Charlie Baker has spoken out against the decision. Likewise, all across this nation higher education institutions, their leadership, academic associations, and non-governmental organizations have denounced this unfortunate decision. I join my colleague presidents at our community colleges, state universities, and UMass campuses in Massachusetts in their opposition as well. They have spoken eloquently about the need to ensure students continue their education and they know firsthand the importance of student success for the future of the Massachusetts economy.
Although I was not born in the continental United States, I was born in a US territory where citizenship was granted in 1917. It was the luck of the draw where I was granted citizenship yet others (through no fault of their own) have not been as fortunate. But we all share a common ideal that if you study hard and work diligently you will become a productive member of society and be welcome in this country. Over the last year I have traveled to our public institutions to speak with many students, particularly international and undocumented students who felt that the anti-immigrant sentiment they were feeling on a daily basis was impacting their ability to study, learn, and contribute to their communities. The fear was palpable and now we know it was justified.
The fundamental purpose of the BHE is to promote higher education in the Commonwealth to the benefit of all members of our society. We can only hope that our judicial and legislative branches of government will address the changing reality impacting DACA students. I will keep you apprised of developments and will bring forward proposals for your discussion that will help us find a solution that is just and fair. I know that Chair Gabrieli shares these sentiments and I thank him for his steadfast support of all students in the Commonwealth.