Duke University President Vincent E. Price sent the following letter to President Donald Trump today regarding proposed changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
As President of Duke University, home to over 14,000 students and 37,000 employees representing a great diversity of backgrounds, I urge you not to repeal or otherwise undermine the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
At Duke, all of our students, including those who aren’t citizens, are invaluable to the teaching we do in the classroom, the research we do in the lab, and the discoveries we make at the medical center. That is why Duke strives to be a community defined by who you are and what perspective you bring to campus rather than where you call home or how you got here.
As we work to expand access to higher education – a goal that I know your administration shares – we are firmly committed to protecting the right of all of our students to contribute to this community of discovery and learning. Ending DACA protections threatens to undermine this commitment for the many young people who have worked very hard to be here and have so much to offer to the common good.
I strongly urge you not to end this program.