September 6, 2017
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO DACA ANNOUNCEMENT
VIRGINIA TECH HISPANIC/LATINO FACULTY AND STAFF CAUCUS
The Virginia Tech Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the actions taken by the Trump administration yesterday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Over the last five years, the DACA program has made enormous differences in the lives of over 800,000 undocumented youth across the country. DACA has allowed qualifying young undocumented individuals the opportunity to live and thrive in the United States without fear of deportation. With DACA, undocumented youth have been able to truly fulfill their potential and achieve their goals and aspirations. DACA has enhanced the quality of life of these individuals, as well as strengthened the communities of which they form a part.
Virginia Tech is one of those communities that has been made better by the DACA-covered young people’s contributions and overall presence. Many of the members of our Caucus have had the pleasure of engaging with these students inside and outside of the classroom. These students exemplify best what it means to be a Virginia Tech student. They exemplify Ut Prosim to its fullest extent. Yet, the Trump administration has failed to recognize that, and has decided to unjustly strip these students of their DACA status. No moral or legal argument can truly justify the actions taken today by the administration.
It is imperative that Virginia Tech continues to provide the resources and support these students need. In February of this year, we expressed our support of DACA students. Today, we reaffirm our support and promise to go further. The Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, in fulfilling its mission to be a resource of all members of our community, will do its part to support these students. We hope that the Virginia Tech administration will do the same, and publicly come out in support of undocumented students. We strongly believe this is the right thing to do.
Virginia Tech Hispanic/Latino Faculty & Staff Caucus