The William & Mary Board of Visitors voted unanimously Friday to approve a resolution in support of students at William & Mary as part of the DACA program. The Board resolution also calls on Congress to act to find a solution so that students here under DACA can finish their studies uninterrupted. - Ed.
Statement of continuing support by the Board of Visitors for DACA students at William & Mary
WHEREAS, the protections provided under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are slated to be phased out in March 2018, creating intense uncertainty for students enrolled in higher education under this program; and
WHEREAS, William & Mary currently enrolls 23 students under this program, and these students as well as those who enrolled under this program before them have been and remain exemplary and valued members of the university community; and
WHEREAS, “Who comes here, belongs here” remains a hallmark of the university community, the students who came to William & Mary under the DACA program belong at the university as much as any other current or former student.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Board of Visitors of The College of William & Mary in Virginia expresses its steadfast support of all students enrolled at the university under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Visitors of The College of William & Mary in Virginia expresses its support for the ability of all students enrolled in higher education institutions throughout the United States of America under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue their studies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Visitors of The College of William & Mary in Virginia calls on our elected officials to work together to find a bipartisan solution that will allow our students to continue their studies uninterrupted at the university; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Board and the President share this resolution with the university’s student body and the campus community.