September 5, 2017
Members of the BGSU Community:
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that the Trump administration has decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program shields from deportation some immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. President Trump has decided to give Congress six months to develop an alternative. This alternative may protect the nearly 800,000 young men and women often called "Dreamers" from deportation. There are BGSU students who are part of this program.
In December of 2016, I joined the presidents of the member institutions of Ohio’s Inter-University Council in supporting action that would protect individuals from deportation. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) also supports such action. BGSU is a member of APLU. These organizations will continue to work on behalf of our DACA students through the next six months as Congress develops a plan.
DACA students on our campuses have enriched our learning environment and brought extraordinary talent to our University. I am very hopeful that our DACA students’ legal status will be preserved by Congress.
I will continue to provide updated information to our community as it becomes available.
Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.
President, Bowling Green State University