UW-Madison joined 800 other universities Thursday in a letter calling upon key congressmen to advance legislation to protect Dreamers. The letter, compiled by the American Council on
The letter was sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cali., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck. Schumer, D-N.Y.
DACA protected people who were brought to the U.S. as young
The statement, signed by UW-Madison, used data from polls to defend their argument that people across the country support the need to protect Dreamers.
“If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America,” the letter read.
According to UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone, Chancellor Rebecca Blank views the repeal of DACA as “unfair and not in the best interests of our country.”
“Blank has consistently voiced her concern about threatening DACA students with deportation,” McGlone said in an email. “She pledged earlier this fall to work with national organizations on this issue — signing the ACE letter is one way she's following through on that pledge.”
The letter mirrored a similar one penned on Sept. 20 by over 800 business and industry
“Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends,” the ACE letter read. “Despite the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our country and its economy and security. They should continue to be able to do so.”