Nearly two months
after President Trump decided to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA), ADEA, along with over 80 other groups, has signed onto a
letter calling on Congress to enact legislation to protect the hundreds of thousands
of undocumented people brought to the United States as children and raised as
Americans, but who live with the threat of deportation.
Former President Obama set up DACA in
2012 through an executive action permitted undocumented aliens who came to the
United States before they were 16 to defer deportation and apply for a handful
of official documents, including a U.S. work permit, a Social Security number
and a driver’s license.
Trump rescinded the program in September, he put the ball in Congress’ court,
asking lawmakers to come up with a permanent fix that would allow the nearly
800,000 DACA recipients to remain in the United States after the program
formally terminates on March 5, 2018.
universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and
as our colleagues and friends,” reads the letter written under the aegis of the Protect Dreamers
Higher Education Coalition, run by the American Council on Education. “Despite
the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our
country and its economy and security. They should continue to be able to do
to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter and are
today Americans in every way but immigration status,” the letter says. “It
remains in America’s best interest to enable them to use their knowledge,
skills and energy to continue to make the strongest possible contribution to
A fact sheet from the Coalition notes that 350,000 people with
DACA status are in school or pursuing higher education.
missive follows a similar Sept. 20 letter
signed by more than 800 business and industry leaders. That letter noted that
without the country’s roughly 800,000 DACA recipients, “our economy would lose
$460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and
Medicare tax contributions.”