MADISON, WI – UW-Madison’s Chancellor Rebecca Blank released a statement Tuesday expressing her opposition President Trump’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought the United States as children to remain lawfully.
According to Blank, the repeal unfairly threatens people who want the same thing natural born U.S. citizens want. Moreover, she said it “puts at risk a group of promising students at UW-Madison and at higher education institutions across the country.”
“These ‘dreamer’ students seek only what we all want for our children: the opportunity to pursue an education and a fulfilling career,” Blank said in the statement. “These members of our campus community contribute substantially to UW–Madison. To threaten them now with deportation is unfair and, indeed not in our country’s best interest as businesses in Wisconsin and beyond continue to struggle to find workers in almost all occupations.”
In response to the repeal, Blank said UW-Madison will communicate directly with members of Congress, as well as organizations like the Association of American Universities on how best to deal with the issue.
“We urge the administration and our congressional representatives to find a balanced approach that does not jeopardize the ability of our students to pursue their dreams and does not run counter to the core principles that our nation has held since its founding,” Blank said in the statement.
In addition to reaching out to members of Congress and organizations that oppose the ban, Blank said the university will not provide information on immigration status of its students, faculty or staff unless required to do so under force of law, and UW–Madison Police Department will not participate in immigration enforcement actions conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers must use appropriate legal processes if they are on campus and wish to contact individual students about enforcement-related issues,” the statement said.