On Monday, September 27, the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposed rule to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect the hundreds of thousands of current and potential DACA recipients throughout the United States. Marissa Hill-Dongre submitted a comment on behalf of the Immigration Response Team. It stated, in part:
As a land grant research university, the University of Minnesota’s five campuses are home to over 67,000 students and 26,000 employees. DACA recipients can be found at all levels of the institution including undergraduate students studying family social science and public health to PhD candidates researching chemistry and engineering and employees working in student services and communications...
When students have DACA, they are better able to utilize the resources made available at the University of Minnesota. They have greater incentive to enroll and continue their education as they have greater certainty that they will be able to work after graduation. This means they will use their knowledge and skills to support themselves and their families while also being valuable members of their communities, the state of Minnesota and the United States.
Want to submit your own comment?
December 29 is the deadline to submit a comment on the proposed rule through Regulations.gov.
Anyone can submit a public comment! You do not need to be an immigration expert or someone directly impacted by the proposal. Proposed regulations do not need to be reviewed by Congress, so submitting a comment is the public’s opportunity to share their opinion about proposed changes.
To help, here are some resources created by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration (an organization of which UMN President Joan T.A. Gabel is a member):
- A Template Comment for DACA, Undocumented Students, and Allies to Comment on Proposed Regulation to Fortify DACA (including an editable version of the document)
- The Proposed DACA Regulation: What You Need to Know (a factsheet)
- A Guide for Higher Education Institutions for Proposed Rule to Fortify DACA (a guide to assist higher education institutions in writing comments)