Arlington, VA (Jan. 26, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order that would strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” — that is, US jurisdictions that have policies designed to not prosecute people solely for being undocumented.
While the executive order does not specifically mention individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, this action will nonetheless have a negative impact on these students and their families. NACAC urges the president to work with Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act as an essential component of a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform.
NACAC has long supported legislation commonly referred to as the DREAM Act, which would permit individuals who were brought to the United States as children to remain if they meet certain requirements. The DREAM Act was intended to provide these children, many of whom know no other country than the US, with an opportunity to enter and complete postsecondary education. In addition, the DREAM Act would provide a path to permanent resident status for students who completed a postsecondary education. NACAC notes that many undocumented students excel in the classroom, serve our nation in the military, and make significant contributions to their communities. Many of the students who would benefit from the DREAM Act were granted DACA status by the previous administration in recognition of their unique status and the contributions they provide.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).
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