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San Diego State University officials send letter supporting DACA to Trump

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 00:14:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State University officials sent a letter defending DACA Monday to President Trump.

The university showed its support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  President Trump is expected to announce an end to the program Tuesday.

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September 3, 2017
 
The Honorable Donald J. Trump 
President of the United States 
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20500
 
Dear President Trump,

On behalf of San Diego State University, we write regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
 
San Diego State University, located at the international border with Mexico, is one of the most diverse universities in this country.  This diversity is critical to preparing our students to work in San Diego's binational economy and a global workforce.  Our students, regardless of their immigration status, are valued members of our educational community.
 
You have recently expressed your personal struggle over the difficulty of reaching a decision about retaining the DACA program.  As you consider your decision, we urge you to give the greatest weight to the fact that these individuals who arrived in this country too young to have made the decision to come here, or to have understood any consequent impact on their citizenship, have in fact excelled as students and as good citizens.

We implore you to acknowledge these facts and urge you to retain the DACA program.

Respectfully,

Sally F. Roush                          
President

Eric Rivera                                            
Vice President, Student Affairs

Marcie Bober-Michel
Chair, University Senate

San Diego State's fall semester started last week.  Nearly 11,000 new students are enrolled.