Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Trump Administration’s Reported Decision to End DACA September 04, 2017 Section 1 Content“We are extremely disappointed that, according to multiple media reports, the Trump administration tomorrow will announce that it is rescinding a policy that has allowed a group of exceptional young people brought to this country as infants or children, to make contributions to American society and the economy by working, serving in the military or attending college. Taking action to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, even with a reported six month delay, will throw the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and their families into turmoil. To our students, and all those who are potentially affected, be assured that the nation’s colleges and universities will actively, strongly and persistently urge Congress to swiftly approve legislation to enable you to maintain your current status.Lawmakers have expressed bipartisan support for DACA recipients and, if the Trump administration does take this action, will now have the responsibility to act quickly to head off this shortsighted decision, one that will do great harm to our national interest. Ending this program without first enacting a permanent legislative solution would torment hundreds of thousands of bright and talented individuals who were granted temporary permission to stay in the United States and obtain work permits under DACA. They are paying taxes and buying homes, cars and consumer goods. Their economic activity has increased tax revenues for federal, state and local governments.In March, more than 560 college and university presidents urged President Trump to commit to allowing these productive and high-achieving young people to continue to work and study in the United States while his administration and Congress seek just such a permanent solution. Last week, we sent another letter to the White House echoing that charge. Now Congress must pick up the mantle and respond promptly and compassionately. There are several models that Congress should consider, including the Dream Act (S. 1615), which ACE and most of the higher education community has long supported. Another path forward would be the BRIDGE Act (S. 128) that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced earlier this year. At a minimum, we urge Congress to build the current DACA provisions into statute.The bottom line is that we must find a way to ensure that these extraordinary and gifted young people are allowed to stay in the only country, the only place they know as home. They are Americans, just like their classmates and friends, in every way but immigration status. The only humane thing to do is to ensure that Dreamers can continue to work, serve in the military, attend college and thereby contribute to the health and strength of our institutions, our communities and our nation.” Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Media Contact Jon Riskind Email:email@example.com Telephone:(202) 939-9453 Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related News November 18, 2022 ACE and over 60 other higher education associations sent a letter Nov. 17 to House and Senate leaders urging them to make protecting Dreamers and the DACA program a priority, given recent court decisions declaring DACA illegal. Read More News November 18, 2022 ACE, Higher Ed Groups: Pass Legislation Now to Protect Dreamers News October 17, 2022 The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was not lawful but preserved the district court’s stay, which permits current enrollees to continue renewing their status. Read More News October 17, 2022 Appeals Court Says DACA Is Illegal but Keeps Program Alive Statement October 6, 2022 We are dismayed that this ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals continues to force hundreds of thousands of outstanding young Dreamers to live in fear and uncertainty. Read More Statement October 6, 2022 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals DACA Ruling Podcast September 29, 2022 Jon Fansmith and Terry Hartle are back to give their predictions for what Congress will dive into this fall before they adjourn ahead of midterm elections, including a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the year. Read More Podcast September 29, 2022 Higher Ed Policy Predictions for the Fall News August 30, 2022 The Biden administration last week released the final version of regulations aiming to strengthen the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read More News August 30, 2022 Final DACA Regulations Released by Biden Administration Statement We applaud this action by the Biden administration to preserve and fortify the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read More Statement Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Final DACA Regulations News June 13, 2022 June 15 marks 10 years since President Barack Obama announced an executive memorandum creating DACA, an initiative that has provided some protection and work authorization for over 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Read More News June 13, 2022 DACA Is Now 10 Years Old. What Does the Future Hold? Podcast March 25, 2022 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins host Sarah Spreitzer to discuss Congress’s last-minute push to pass the FY 2022 omnibus spending package and what it means for higher education ED's final negotiated rulemaking session. Read More Podcast March 25, 2022 Congress Springs Forward and Passes Spending Bill; New Regulations Coming Webinar March 23, 2022 Join ACE’s Terry W. Hartle, Jon Fansmith, and Sarah Spreitzer to discuss higher education plans in the new spending bill passed last week by Congress and more. (Recording available) Read More Webinar March 23, 2022 Public Policy Pop-Up: Congress Springs Forward News March 7, 2022 The Biden administration has announced that it will allow Ukrainians who are in the United States as of March 1 to remain in the country for 18 months under a designation known as Temporary Protected Status. Read More News March 7, 2022 Biden Administration Extends Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians in the U.S. News January 24, 2022 The White House has announced a number of positive changes to programs for international students and scholars in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Read More News January 24, 2022 DHS, State Announce Regulatory Changes to Attract More International Students and Scholars News January 4, 2022 In good news for international students, the Department of State announced before the holiday break that consular offices would have more flexibility in determining non-immigrant intent for F-1 and M-1 student visa applicants Read More News January 4, 2022 Biden Administration Revises Regulations to Ease Entry for International Students News December 17, 2021 The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has granted an extension to April 30, 2022, of the COVID-19 related flexibilities related to Form I-9 compliance. Read More News December 17, 2021 Federal Government Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility Podcast December 16, 2021 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle reviews the higher education policy successes and failures of 2021, and what we can expect from Congress and the administration in 2022. Read More Podcast December 16, 2021 2021 in Higher Education Policy (A Good Year, Not a Great One) News November 29, 2021 ACE and 45 other higher education associations have submitted sent comments to the Department of Homeland Security on the draft rules released in September to strengthen the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read More News November 29, 2021 ACE, 45 Other Groups Praise Biden Administration’s Effort to “Protect and Fortify” DACA Podcast November 19, 2021 In this live conversation, hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the status of the Build Back Better Act and more as Congress pushes toward the end of the year with a lengthy to-do list. Read More Podcast November 19, 2021 End of Year Countdown: What’s on the Congressional Agenda for Students and Colleges Statement November 15, 2021 Higher education associations issued a statement urging the U.S. government to partner with the higher education community to develop and implement a national strategy to return international student enrollment and exchanges to pre-COVID 19 numbers. Read More Statement November 15, 2021 U.S. Higher Education Community Calls for a Return to Pre-COVID 19 International Student Enrollment Numbers News November 15, 2021 ACE and seven other organizations issued a statement urging the federal government to engage in efforts with the higher education community to return international student enrollment to pre-pandemic numbers and support policies that encourage growth. Read More News November 15, 2021 Higher Education Organizations Call for Federal Support of International Students Podcast November 4, 2021 With the House heading toward a vote on the Biden administration’s domestic spending plan, the hosts talk about what is in the bill for higher education and speak with Morgan Taylor about ACE’s latest Pulse Point survey of college presidents. Read More Podcast November 4, 2021 Higher Ed Waits for Congress to Act; ACE Takes Pulse of College Presidents Statement October 28, 2021 We are appreciative of the higher education support that is included in this legislation and will work closely with the administration and Congress to build on this beginning. Read More Statement October 28, 2021 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Reconciliation Legislation Agreement Podcast October 21, 2021 he hosts look at what we know so far about the higher ed provisions in the budget reconciliation bill, the future of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and the president's order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for federal contractors. Read More Podcast October 21, 2021 Capitol Hill Fall Showdown: Will Higher Ed Get Left Behind?