Dartmouth Takes on Trump Over Deportation of Students
Hanlon stresses support for DACA immigration policy.
"Dartmouth will work to mitigate any effects on undocumented students caused by changes in laws or the application of existing laws or policies, including possible revisions to a federal policy that protects from deportation some undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children," Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon wrote in an email sent Friday to students, faculty, and staff.
Hanlon joined other university presidents in signing a statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The signers are asking colleagues and leaders from business, civic, religious, and nonprofit groups to join them in their advocacy.
President Hanlon wrote that Dartmouth had been a strong supporter of the policy prior to Trump's victory.
“This commitment is not new,” he wrote. “The college was one of the few universities to file a U.S. Supreme Court friend-of-the-court brief supporting DACA’s expansion.” The brief was filed last March.
“To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded,” Hanlon's statement said. “This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent—and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.”
He said faculty and students had asked him last week to ensure the safety of undocumented students at Dartmouth, and reassert the College’s commitment to increasing diversity and promoting inclusiveness on campus. In his community email, Hanlon wrote that as the country and the campus community experience uncertainty during the presidential transition, he wanted to affirm “principles that are the foundation of our institution, and to declare our commitment to all members of our community regardless of their citizenship.”
“I realize that at this moment, some members of our community feel vulnerable and at risk. Let me assure you that we will work within the bounds of the law to mitigate any effects on our students caused by possible revisions to DACA and other immigration policies,” he wrote.