During our September board meeting the board of directors had a great discussion regarding the DACA executive order. It was our prerogative that given the national conversation surrounding immigration, DACA, and DREAMers, that we must take a stance as an organization regarding the protection of our fellow students of various citizenship and documentation statuses. The seven board directors forged and approved the following motion:
“Students United supports all the state university students regardless of citizenship and/or documentation status. We believe all students are entitled to an equitable academic and student life experience with all its benefits. Students United will support universities not releasing documentation status without court order. Students United will oppose any Minnesota State or university policy, and any local, state, or federal legislation that prohibits access to higher education on the basis of immigration status.”
As I see it, the rescinding of DACA is not an issue of immigration policy but rather an issue of human dignity. DACA students were brought into the country at an age young enough to not know anything other than life in the United States. Should our fellow DACA students face deportation, they will have to adapt to a new life that they are no more equipped to handle than any other person who was born and raised in the United States.
Students United believes all students are entitled to an equitable academic and student life experience with all its benefits.