On Tuesday, September 5, President Trump’s administration announced plans to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as the Dream Act, without any new legislative solution. DACA allows young people who came to the United States as undocumented children to enroll in college and contribute to the nation. Since it’s initiation over the last seven years, Johns Hopkins has publicly supported the Dream Act.
On Thursday, September 7, Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar wrote to the Hopkins community announcing financial support for JHU students directly impacted by this decision to complete their degrees, as well as legal and other assistance they might need. They also reinforced that campus safety and security officers do not “request information regarding citizenship, nor enforce federal immigration laws without a specific court order; and we will not permit law enforcement or other officials to access private spaces on our campuses to enforce immigration laws absent a valid warrant or court order.”
Since these announcements, Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Mike Klag’s expressed his own supporting statement and pointed to stories including Hurricane Harvey rescue workers and volunteers, who benefited from DACA, risking their own lives for their fellow Americans.
You may read President Daniels and Provost Kumar’s full statement online.