As members of the Supreme Court continue their deliberations about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I want to reiterate my support for Dreamers, and especially for those who are on our campuses.
We Support Our International and Undocumented Students
UWM strongly supports the continuation of the DACA program, which provides protection from deportation to children who were brought into the United States as undocumented immigrants. This protection is critical for many students who self-identified as undocumented immigrants based on an assurance of protection from the federal government.
We will continue to provide important protections, including activities that protect all students to the fullest extent of the law, including:
- UWM abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which provides significant protections for educational records with students’ personal information
- Unless required to do so legally, UWM will not provide immigration status information about its students or employees
- UWM Police Department does not routinely gather information about citizenship or immigration status
UWM also remains committed to advocating for the continuation of the DACA program as it has in the past, including signing on to letters supporting DACA and undocumented student immigrants, and communicating our position with Congressional leaders.
In order to strengthen our research profile, create more student success, and engage more deeply with our communities, it is imperative that we foster a positive, supportive campus environment for all. We will update the campus about the Supreme Court’s decision once it is issued, which is expected to occur next summer.
Mark A. Mone
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee