N.C. A&T statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

MEMORANDUM

To: The Aggie Family

From: Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr.

Date: September 6, 2017

Re: DACA

In 2012, the Obama administration instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation who entered the United States as minors. Yesterday, it was announced that over the next six months, the current administration will phase out that policy. Without further action, those individuals who were protected under DACA will face deportation at the end of that time.

We stand in support of the many people covered by DACA who contribute to our community, learn in our classrooms and work beside us in organizations and businesses. We stand in support of the dreamers who through their pursuits of post-secondary education have had
significant impact on our university, our state and the nation beyond. We join with fellow institutions throughout the country and millions of Americans in asking Congress to pass legislation that protects these individuals and that ensures their education, families and careers
are not further jeopardized.

We sympathize with those who are struggling during this period of uncertainty, particularly those DACA students who are valued members of the A&T family. Those who need support in dealing with the anxieties arising from yesterday's announcement are encouraged to call or stop by A&T Counseling Services in Murphy Hall, Suite 109, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed, walk-ins are welcome, and a counselor is always on duty. Counseling Services may be reached at 336-334-7727.

Since 1891, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been a symbol of opportunity, community and achievement. It is our sincere hope that the many hardworking individuals covered under DACA who illustrate those same values in their daily lives are able to continue to fulfill their dreams in the nation we all call home.

Office of the Chancellor
Dowdy Administration Building 1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone 336-334-7940
Fax 336-334-7082