October 30, 2017

President Jane K. Fernandes Urges Permanent Legislation to Protect Dreamers

Remaining at the forefront of speaking for migrant and immigrant rights, President Jane K. Fernandes has signed a letter urging Congress to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers ahead of a March 5, 2018, end date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

In an effort coordinated by the American Council of Education, more than 800 college and university presidents recently signed a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Charles Schumer, urging them to “pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers, outstanding young people brought to our country as children.” 

The presidents offer their support to what they call a bipartisan matter that has “widespread support among your constituents and across the country.” Read the full letter.

Following the 2016 presidential election, Jane was among 100-plus college and university presidents calling on then President-Elect Donald Trump to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.” And soon after, she was among more than 200 higher-education leaders who signed a statement offering to meet with U.S. leaders in support of DACA. 

In February 2017, the American Council on Education sent a letter on behalf of 600 college and university presidents, including Jane, to (former) Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, outlining concerns about President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order regarding immigration. 

Later in September, Jane expressed Guilford's strong and continuing support for undocumented and DACA students, saying, “Guilford College will continue to provide promised funding to our students, regardless of national origin.” Also in September, she released a statement reaffirming her support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), saying, in part, “We are more, not less, because we enroll students from a myriad of backgrounds.” 

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