William & Mary

Message on DACA

President Taylor Reveley sent the following message to the campus community Sept. 5, 2017 - Ed.

Dear William & Mary Community,

The Department of Justice announced plans today to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program provides temporary authorization to work or attend school for undocumented people brought to the United States as children.   

A lot remains unknown at this point. The Trump administration announced plans to “wind down” the program over the next six months but also suggested Congress may come up with an alternative solution during that time.

At William & Mary, 23 students are with us under the aegis of DACA. As I said last year, DACA students are important members of our community. They belong here, and we strongly believe they should be allowed to finish their educations.  William & Mary will keep doing all we can to support them. Our welcome is unwavering for each W&M student, regardless of his or her national origin or immigration status.   

We will work closely with Virginia’s Attorney General to better understand today’s announcement. In the meantime, we will reach out to our DACA students to assure them that William & Mary remains their staunchest ally.  

The latest resources, including information about legal aid and advocacy organizations, relevant legislation, and counseling services, appear on the Reves Center DACA website: http://www.wm.edu/reves/daca.

Taylor Reveley