NEC Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Repeal of DACA
President Michele Perkins calls on Congress to act quickly to resolve concerns of students.
Dr. Michele Perkins, president of New England College, released a statement today encouraging Congress to act quickly regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program provides protection from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
“Many DACA recipients attend college and are an important part of our communities,” said President Perkins. Reports indicate there may up to 400 DACA students in New Hampshire, but most colleges and universities do not know the exact numbers and are not required by either state or federal law to track DACA students.
“New Hampshire has almost 80,000 immigrants, the vast majority are here legally and they are an important part of our communities and economy. We are fortunate to have thousands of immigrants working hard every day in this state striving to build a better life for themselves and their families. A small number of immigrants are undocumented (representing only 3.4% of the total U.S. population according to the Pew Research Center) and are striving to become productive members of our society by getting an education. That is a very good thing,” added Perkins.
New England College is the most demographically diverse campus in New Hampshire, with 36% of students from underrepresented populations. “As an institution of higher learning we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to help young people gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in this innovative economy,” Perkins commented in the statement. “We will continue to follow the law and are hopeful that Congress will act soon to resolve the concerns of many young people who deserve an opportunity to move their lives forward, regardless of the circumstances that brought them to the United States.”