Statement by SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson on Repeal of DACA

September 5, 2017

"The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is the American Dream in motion. We are extremely disappointed to learn that this important program could come to an end without a fair and permanent solution for those who would be impacted. We urge Congress to act swiftly and decisively to protect the earned rights of DACA enrollees.

"Together with leadership across our 64 colleges and universities and our colleagues nationally, SUNY wholly supports efforts by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to protect New York's 42,000 DACA enrollees so that they may continue to live the American Dream. SUNY’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will not falter."


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