MIT Community Responds to DACA Repeal

by Brian Geer on September 8, 2017 · 2 comments

in Campus, Public Service, Student Life

The Trump Administration’s recent announcement to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, spurred responses from leaders and organizations across the US—including from MIT.

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On August 31, days before US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the repeal decision, Institute President L. Rafael Reif published an op-ed in The Boston Globe imploring President Donald Trump and Congress to reconsider the then-rumored plans to repeal DACA.

In the piece, Reif posited that deporting DACA Dreamers—the name for those who came to the US without documentation when they were 16 or younger—would be “a violation of deep American principles.”

“As we see at MIT and at campuses across the country, the threat of DACA repeal is subjecting these young people to brutal uncertainty,” wrote Reif. “Now, because of decisions made for them when they were children, they fear losing the opportunities they earned, the communities they think of as home, and the nation they love.”

Read the op-ed and view a related MIT News Office article.

Separately, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart wrote to the campus community to detail the steps that MIT is taking to aid MIT students affected by the DACA repeal.

“Every MIT student deserves the same opportunities to study, to work, to travel—in short, to thrive here,” said Barnhart. “Today and always, we are one MIT.”

Read the chancellor’s letter.

Since the repeal announcement, MIT has vowed to continue its efforts in providing support for its DACA students.

Are you interested in joining MIT in supporting students, staff, and faculty affected by the DACA appeal and other global concerns? Please consider supporting the MIT Global Scholar and Student Support Fund.

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Alan Friot September 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

How long should someone continue to benefit from a criminal act? If I steal money and give it to MIT is that OK? If I have given stolen money to MIT should they have to return it to the rightful owners? Doing what is right is what is important.


vic September 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Obama subjected these young people to uncertainty by decreeing the Executive Order on DACA when Congress wouldn’t do their job. Trump has simply told Congress to do their job like they should have years ago. The bottom line is: What part of “illegal” don’t you understand?


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