A total of 165 colleges and universities have signed a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act as a friend of the court. One of those is Whitman College in Walla Walla.
“We value every student and it is my sincere hope that all students, regardless of citizenship, will have the opportunity to continue to learn, live and contribute to our community,” Whitman College President Kathleen Murray stated in an article posted on college’s website. “Without them, we would not be the same.”
In September 2017, the Trump administration rescinded DACA, an initiative that offers work permits and protection from deportation for roughly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, often known as Dreamers. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments beginning November 2.
Coordinated by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, the amicus brief argues that “DACA recipients are American in every way, they built their lives here and contribute to our campuses, communities and our country’s economy every day.”
Other schools from this region to sign the brief include Lewis and Clark College, Oregon State University, Reed College, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Western Oregon University, and Western Washington University.