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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Stance on DACA

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President Davenport's Comments on the Issue: 

Campus Community:
In recent days, the federal government announced it is implementing a policy change, directed by President Donald Trump, to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) – a program established in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors from deportation.
Here at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Minnesota State System we are united in opposition to ending DACA for many reasons, including the undermining of our commitment to Diversity and Access to our programs and services that create opportunities for all to pursue their dreams. 
As your President, I stand with other college and university presidents nationwide through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), as well as the American Council on Education (ACE) in opposing the decision to end DACA. Likewise, I pledge my support to work with Minnesota State Interim Chancellor Devinder Malholtra and statewide colleagues in voicing our concerns to our State’s Congressional delegation, and working toward a solution that is in the best long-term interests of all DACA students and employees.
Finally, I pledge my support to anyone within the Minnesota State Mankato campus community who may be affected by this federal government decision. We are committed to promoting a welcoming and safe environment to each one of our students, faculty and staff. We must all work together to assure our University is a place where everyone can pursue their dreams.  Should you have questions or concerns please contact my office or any member of my Cabinet.
Richard Davenport
Helpful links: [PDF] Community Advisory (109 KiB) , [PDF] Letter to MN Congressional Delegation (214 KiB) , [PDF] Know Your Rights Workshop (2 MiB)
Commitment to students:
The staff of Institutional Diversity is ready and willing to assist with any questions or concerns that a student or their families may have about DACA.  Staff can be reached through e-mail of phone.