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Dayton Higher Ed Leaders Urge Action For Dreamers

Some university officials are speaking out in the wake of the Trump administration's announcement it will end the DACA program for young people brought to the United States illegally as children
Joshua Chenault

Some Dayton university leaders are reacting to the Trump administration’s recently announced plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, immigration program without swift action from Congress.

DACA allows young people brought to the country illegally as children to temporarily work and study in the United States under certain eligibility conditions.  


On Monday, before the announcement from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, University of Dayton President Eric Spina said the university would stand by its DACA students. Officials with the Catholic university are calling on Congress to offer so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship.

Weighing in on Twitter, Wright State University President Cheryl Schrader urged Congress to act to approve legislation allowing DACA students to remain in the community.

Sinclair College president Stephen Johnson also tweeted, calling the administration's move to end DACA, “the most crass of political exploitation.”

The DACA program was put in place in 2012 through executive action by former President Barack Obama. Critics say the program was unconstitutional.


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