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Higher education theme week: resources



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Letters & Statements in Support of Dreamers

American Association of Community Colleges sign-on letter

Statement From AASCU President Muriel Howard on the Termination of the DACA Program
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Trump Administration’s Reported Decision to End DACA
American Council on Education

AAC&U Supports Continuation of DACA Protections
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Association of American Medical Colleges health professions organizations letter to Congress

AAU President Condemns Administration's Decision to End DACA
Association of American Universities

Association of American Universities institutional sign-on letter to congressional leadership to enact a permanent legislative solution to address DACA

AIEA Statement on Rescission of the U.S. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Order
Association of International Education Administrators

APLU Urges Congress to Take Swift Action to Protect DACA Participants
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

AJCU Statement on DACA Rescission
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities

Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities

Campus Compact Statement on DACA

The College of New Jersey Faculty Senate Resolution in Support of DACA

Statement by CCCU President on End of DACA
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

FWD.us industry and technology leadership letter to congressional leadership, signed by over 800 business leaders

Higher education association letter to Capitol Hill, signed by 79 associations

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities community letter urging President Trump to protect DACA

Ending DACA Shuts the Door on the American Dream for Hundreds of Thousands of Aspiring Americans
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

A Call for Support of Undocumented Students Sent to Members of the University Community
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, Interim President of the University of Scranton

WACAC Statement on Termination of DACA Program​​
Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling

​​​As part of larger community advocacy efforts, October 16-20 has been designated as Protect Dreamers higher education theme week.  Campus leaders, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contact Members of Congress and engage in advocacy activities that week, and beyond, that highlight the accomplishments and contributions of Dreamers on college and university campuses.  

Advocacy Activities for Higher Education Theme Week and Beyond

Send a letter to your senators and representative.

Use the talking points in communication with members of Congress. 

Share the Protect Dreamers Fact Sheet with your congressional delegation.  

Use your alumni network to amplify your message.  

Write op-eds co-authored by presidents/provosts and student Dreamers for the local newspaper and/or pitch profiles of student Dreamers to local media outlets.

Invite senators and representatives to visit campus and meet Dreamers and hear their stories.  

Submit videos and institutional material supporting Dreamers to jriskind@acenet.edu that​ might be shared on the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition website or other channels.  ​​

Share messages on social media to amplify the higher education message. Share your stories with @ACEducation on Twitter using the #ProtectDreamers hashtag.

Additional Resources

Issue Brief on the Trump Administration's Rescission of DACA

Protect Dreamers Higher Education Week Infographic (From the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Hispanic Education Coalition)

Georgetown University Facebook Live: Dreamers Making a Difference on Campuses and In Communities (view archived event)
A conversation with Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University (VA); DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College (MD); and Scott Ralls, president of Northern Virginia Community College. Moderated by Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.
Monday, Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. EDT

EDUCATION, NOT DEPORTATION! Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status
Roundtable hosted by National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 9-11 a.m. EDT at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD
Read a summary of the event in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities​ DACA resources

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges resources for university and college trustees

The Dream Coalition is an organization consisting of business, civic, and national security leaders, and elected officials with a unified commitment to ensuring Dreamers can live, work, serve, and study in the United States without fear or threat of deportation.


 

Estimated Number of DACA Recipients by U.S. Congressional District (115th Congress), 3rd Quarter of FY 2017

Click the map to see the full interactive version from the University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

 
 
 
 
 

THE COALITION

 





 

The Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition is made up of major higher education associations representing a broad range of institutions and groups at U.S. colleges and universities. Members include:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American College Health Association
  • American Council on Education
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education​
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities​
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • EDUCAUSE
  • Graduate Management Admission Council
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Society for College and University Planning

Contact the Coalition

For more information and to share resources, contact Jonathan Riskind, assistant vice president, ACE Public Affairs.​​​

Who Are the dreamers?

The Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition is dedicated to housing information and resources to help campus leaders, staff, faculty and students advocate to Congress on behalf of Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation.

In June 2012, President Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy by executive action. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age to become eligible for a work permit, a Social Security card, a driver’s license, and deferred deportation. The Trump administration rescinded the policy Sept. 5, 2017, but delayed ending it until March 5, 2018. In granting a six-month delay, President Trump asked Congress to pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for those currently protected under DACA. An estimated 790,000 current DACA permits will begin to expire on a rolling basis after March 5, 2018, with approximately 33,000 individuals losing protection, on average, each month.

To qualify for DACA, applicants must pass a multifaceted and rigorous test including: arriving in the United States before age 16, residing here continuously since 2012, be enrolled in or completed high school, and not have been convicted of a serious crime. About 350,000 young people with DACA status are in school or pursuing higher education.

A quick note on the sometimes confusing use of DACA vs. Dreamers: Dreamers is shorthand for undocumented young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans, named for the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act first introduced in Congress 16 years ago but never enacted. Some—but by no means all—of these individuals have DACA status.  

The Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition urges Congress to pass bipartisan legislation as soon as possible that will include all the protections currently provided under DACA and allow these individuals to continue contributing to our society and economy by working, serving in the military or attending college. Please join us in spreading the word.

For more information or to share resources, email Jonathan Riskind, assistant vice president, ACE Public Affairs.

 
 
 

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Strengthening the U.s. economy



 


Estimated Annual GDP Loss From Removing DACA Workers by U.S. Congressional District
Click the image and page down to see the chart and download the data in Excel

From the University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the Center for American Progress




 

The talented young people with DACA status are working, serving in the military or studying at colleges and universities. Because they now have work permits, they are contributing to our society and the overall U.S. economy. They are paying taxes and buying cars, homes, and consumer goods, which generates economic activity and increases tax revenue for federal, state and local governments. However, while they contribute significantly to the economy, they are ineligible for federal means-tested welfare benefits, Pell Grants and federal student loans, and health care tax subsidies.

Many of these young people live in fear and uncertainty now that DACA has been rescinded and Congress has not yet taken action. Many DACA students are struggling to plan how to pay for their education beyond the spring 2018 semester.

According to a recent study by the conservative CATO Institute, a repeal or rollback of DACA would harm the economy and reduce tax revenue. CATO estimates that deporting those with DACA status would cost over $60 billion in lost tax revenue and result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.

A study from the Center for American Progress found that DACA recipients make positive and significant contributions to the economy, including earning higher wages, which translates into higher tax revenue and economic growth. A recent survey found that 69 percent of respondents reported moving to a job with better pay after receiving DACA status.