We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, express our strong and unwavering support for Dream Scholars and for students of mixed immigration status families. We express our deepest concern about the suspension of Deferral Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) without any guarantee that Congress will pass legislation to protect our Dream Scholars. We deplore the extent to which the suspension of DACA will cause our students to feel anxiety and uncertainty. Indeed, their worries for themselves and for their families will cause them tremendous stress and suffering. In light of the President’s action, we now ask Congress to enforce the core values of the United States of America by acting quickly and decisively to ensure the well-being of all immigrant families.
We believe in a University committed to excellence in research and teaching, and to an environment that provides opportunities for all of our students. As we continue to address the most pressing problems of our state, our nation, and our world, we know that bright young students—motivated and eager to learn—are truly our best hope, irrespective of the difficult circumstances that brought some of them to our campus, and to us. We remain honored to teach students of every conceivable background, and as their teachers and mentors, we wish to let them know again that they are all welcome here, that we have faith in their aspirations, and that mutual respect and concern for one another should always remain at the heart of the University of California.