State University Presidents Address Congress on DACA
On Sept. 7, President Glenn Mroz joined the presidents of the public universities in the state of Michigan to sign a letter to the entire Michigan congressional delegation encouraging Congress to “expeditiously approve a congressional solution to allow undocumented youth participating in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program to legally remain in the U.S.”
The letter continues, “Many of the 800,000 DREAMers nationally (those enrolled in the DACA program) are working here in Michigan, paying taxes, and are furthering their education at our institutions and others with the hopes of contributing even more to advancing the state’s talent capacity and to improving their local communities.”
Regarding the DACA issue Mroz told Tech Today, “Except for our Native American friends, there are few American families who have been here for more than three or four generations. We are a country of immigrants. People came from around the world, some being the most talented in fear of persecution for many reasons, others willing to do the jobs no one else wants to do. All of them seeking freedom to pursue a new life. They were risk takers, not satisfied with the status quo. This hasn't changed for our most recent arrivals, particularly the DREAMers who came as children and had no choice. We need to treat them and their families with the respect we would want if we were in their shoes.”
You can read the complete letter to Senator Stabenow here.