The announcement that the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program will be rescinded has far reaching impact for many students in San Antonio-area colleges and universities. Texas is the state with the second largest number of DACA-eligible individuals in the country. These undocumented immigrant students, who were brought to the United States as children, are part of the fabric of college life across San Antonio, Texas, and the United States.
I support calls for legislation and new policies that protect DACA and DACA-like youth. The bipartisan BRIDGE Act of 2017 has been offered as one possible solution. Effective legislation will remove uncertainty and eliminate vulnerability for these students. Clear policy will help to promote a full education of individuals who contribute greatly to the schools in which they are enrolled and the communities in which they live.
At Trinity University, we are committed to ensuring that our students have the opportunity to discover, grow, and become engaged members of our society. Inclusion and belonging are essential for achieving our mission. Like San Antonio, Trinity University is a diverse and welcoming community, which does not discriminate based on race or immigration status. We embrace, appreciate, and celebrate this diversity of individuals and the richness it contributes to the Trinity experience.
Danny J. Anderson