Southeastern University President Kent Ingle, along with members of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, met in Washington, D.C., today to call on Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution to protect young immigrants known as Dreamers. The event took place at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
“I am honored to be able to represent our DACA students at the Capitol. These students are integral members of our community, so it is important that we continue to urge Congress to develop legislation that would protect their rights,” said Ingle.
The call to action is in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last fall. The program protects the deportation and work authorization to individuals who came to the United States under the age of 16, and allows them to attain higher education, serve in the military and work in their communities.
Ingle is one of the founding members of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Alliance was formed by 234 college and university presidents and chancellors from around the nation, including representatives from Harvard University, Princeton University and Georgetown University, in response to the urgent need to increase public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact students, campuses and communities. The first priority for the Alliance is to advocate for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers. Last week, the organization urged Congressional leadership to pass legislation immediately in support of Dreamers.