September 7, 2017
Message to College of Arts & Media Faculty and Staff
Several of you have contacted me with concerns about the Justice Department’s announcement to end
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The New York Times described this action as “the
aggrieved language of anti-immigrant activists, arguing that those in the country illegally are
lawbreakers who hurt native-born Americans by usurping their jobs and pushing down wages.”
In yesterday morning’s (September 6, 2017) Chronicle of Higher Education
, there is an article describing
the response of major universities to the proposed DACA roll back:
University of Colorado administrators have already contacted their state's Congressional delegation,
urging lawmakers to ensure that people studying at the system's campuses under DACA would be
able to continue to do so. A statement signed by the system's president and all four campus
chancellors said the university would work to assist affected students "in every way possible." The
statement said the campuses would not release immigration-related information on students or
employees to the police without a warrant or subpoena. Students will continue to be enrolled without
regard to their immigration status, according to the statement.
In this Chronicle article
, CU is mentioned prominently--standing with The University of California at
Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, University of Connecticut,
Indiana University, University of Washington, University of Massachusetts and others.
At every Commencement at the University of Colorado, we hear the Norlin Charge
. At my first CU
Denver Commencement in December 2014, I felt great pride knowing the CU legacy of courage in the
face of discrimination. My pride is rekindled as President Benson, our own Chancellors Horrell and
Elliman, Chancellor DiStefano of CU Boulder, and Chancellor Reddy of UCCS are also showing courage by
speaking out for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, and who have
been granted legal protections.
As your Dean, I pledge to stay informed and keep you informed on developments as they unfold.
Laurence Kaptain, Dean