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Westminster College joins 165 academic institutions in support of DACA

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Westminster College in Utah has joined 165 colleges and universities nationwide to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. (Photo: KUTV)

Westminster College in Utah has joined 165 colleges and universities nationwide to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The academic institutions signed an amicus brief that urges the Supreme Court to also support an estimated 700,000 DACA recipients, who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

“Westminster students must not lose the ability to live, study and work in the United States,” Beth Dobkin, Westminster College president, stated in a press release. “Our campus community thrives because of the experiences and perspectives that all students bring. Our core value—social responsibility—means that what impacts one of us impacts us all.”

Read the brief here: www.presidentsimmigrationalliance.org/daca-amicus-brief

Westminster previously signed another statement of support for DACA.

A press release by the school stated:

"Westminster is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment where everyone can pursue their educational goals. We value differences across identities, perspectives and experiences, advocate for personal and social responsibility and work to safeguard those who are most vulnerable. Westminster College firmly stands behind our DACA and immigrant students.

The “friend of the court” brief was coordinated by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. DACA provided work authorization and protection from deportation to nearly 700,000 young people, enabling them to better support themselves and their families financially, build their careers and access higher education."

If this vital program is rescinded, DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and study legally, will be forced from their jobs and will be subject to immediate deportation.

Recently, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill signed a amicus brief, along with 79 other prosecutors from across the nation, in support of DACA.

In September 2017, President Trump sought to end DACA, which was created by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Trump argued the program was an illegal abuse of power by Obama.

Three federal court decisions concerning DACA has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear the arguments during its upcoming term.

The court could hand down a ruling as soon as February 2020, determining if DACA recipients will lose the ability to live, study and work in the U.S.