Statement by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson on Immigration Reform and DACA

June 27, 2018

"Events in recent weeks serve as a stark reminder that we still need legislation that protects our youngest and most vulnerable immigrants -- including college students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- and provides more timely access to green cards for international students who graduate from U.S. universities. Today, I am very disappointed to hear that this necessary legislation will not move forward.

"My grandparents were immigrants from Ireland, and I am proud to say that SUNY has always embraced immigrants who come to our campuses. SUNY does not - and will not - discriminate on the basis of immigration status or require proof of citizenship or other legal status as part of our admissions process. And SUNY vigorously defends the privacy rights of its students. We will not release information about a student's immigration status to anyone, including federal immigration officials, without a validly issued subpoena, court order, or search warrant. New York State law even ensures that undocumented students receive in-state tuition.

Our nation was built upon the contributions of immigrants, and we are proud to live in New York State where we are served by Governor Andrew Cuomo and many in government who will continue to rigorously protect the rights of our immigrants."

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