GRCC’s board of trustees affirmed its support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students in an announcement sent to faculty, staff and students on September 6.
The statement comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s actions to rescind the DACA program.
Highlighting GRCC’s mission of being an open-access institution, board Chairperson David Koetje said: “Our mission is nothing if we do not voice our support and concern for GRCC DACA students. Therefore, we, the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees, along with President Pink, urge our congressional leaders to find an immediate legislative solution – such as the DREAM Act – to prevent the lives of so many Americans from being so unnecessarily and harmfully impacted.”
President Bill Pink expressed his support to GRCC DACA students on September 1, saying: “The DACA program is critically important to thousands of community college students throughout the United States. GRCC is committed to being ‘an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community.’ This is our mission, and we will remain steadfast in our support of GRCC DACA students and their GRCC experience.”
The DACA program temporarily shields from deportation undocumented individuals who came to the country before the age of 16. About 780,000 people have received DACA status since the program’s inception in 2012.