Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman condemning the administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and calling on Congress to pass a permanent solution.
As president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), I am appalled by this administration’s disregard for the lives of thousands of young people brought to the United States as children. American in every way except birthright, they are upstanding individuals who contribute to their communities and our nation. At a time when we face increasing global competition, we should be embracing these hard working and driven young people, many of whom are studying at AAU universities.
We at AAU strongly urge Congress to act this month to pass pending bipartisan legislation to permanently protect these young men and women from deportation and ensure they can continue to contribute their talents to America.
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