Good afternoon, Gator Family:
Two days ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the Trump administration, communicated the plans for the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has given 800,000 undocumented, young people the opportunity to go to school, work, and live in our communities. DACA was not the solution, as it did not give a clear path to immigration; however, it was a step towards increased opportunity. The impending changes to DACA place many undocumented, young people, and their families and friends, in very difficult situations.
As a College, we denounce the rescinding of DACA as it perpetuates an inequality and injustice that is intolerable. Pine Manor College believes in inclusion, equality, and opportunity. If you are an undocumented or DACAmented member of our community, please hear me when I tell you – you belong here at Pine Manor College. You are part of our family, and we care about you and your families’ safety. You make our classroom conversations more vibrant and you enrich our communities through your ways of thinking and engaging. While the road ahead is uncertain and we cannot imagine the feelings you are feeling, we stand with you.
In response to the September 5, 2017, announcement from the Trump administration, the College has reached out to and heard from our college and community partners to ensure we support our undocumented students, DACAmented students, and our Dreamers as best as possible.
The Student Immigrant Movement has encouraged that all students who currently hold DACA attend one of the meetings listed below, so you know for yourselves what to do now, what not to do, and can get support from a community of people in a similar situation as you. These meetings and spaces are for undocumented and immigrant youth only:
- Thursday, September 7th at 5:30pm at the YWCA of Central Mass (1 Salem Street, Worcester, MA); Contact for questions: Isabella at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunday, September 10th at 12pm at SEIU 32BJ (26 West Street, Boston, MA 02108); Contact for questions: Cairo at email@example.com
If you need help with transportation to attend one of these meetings, please see Staci Weber, Dean of Student Affairs, on the second floor of the Campus Center and we will work with you to make the necessary arrangements.
There is also information and resources on the blog, My Undocumented Life. This post and this other post have information on what you can do now based on recent events. In addition, this article shares information.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, there are ways for you to show up for your undocumented and DACAmented peers. The resources below will help familiarize and guide us on the issues and ways of offering support:
- American Immigration Council
- The Lumina Foundation shared the vitality of maintaining DACA and creating a path towards immigration.
- This article shares ways you can be an ally for undocumented and DACAmented students.
- On Twitter the hashtags #DACA, #DREAMers, #defendDACA, and #HereToStay are also frequently used to share out information.
Again, let me reiterate that Pine Manor College stands with equity and justice. We are saddened and troubled by the rescinding of DACA and while we can continue to call our legislature and representatives during this time, we can also remember to show love and kindness to each other. Remember that everyone’s story is unique, different, and special and their story and lived experiences cause them to “show up” in different ways – in class, on the field, in the dining hall, and in the residence halls. While we do not always have the words for a friend in need, we can be there. Please be there for each other. Thank you.
Thomas M. O’Reilly