Rutgers AAUP-AFT Executive Council Resolution on DACA, Sept. 5, 2017
Whereas over 800,000 young people are currently studying and working in the United States under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.
Whereas 20,000 young New Jerseyans registered for DACA on the promise that they could live, work and study without fear of deportation.
Whereas young people with DACA contributed an estimated $1.6 billion in state gross domestic product and $66 million in annual state and local taxes to the New Jersey economy, with a potential growth of an additional $27 million under comprehensive immigration reform.
Whereas hundreds of DACA students attend Rutgers university, as part of their effort to capitalize on the opportunity to become productive members of their communities.
Whereas access to DACA protections supports increased employment rates as well as increased wages among young workers.
Whereas the continuation and expansion of the DACA program is just and fair.
Whereas the demonization of immigrants is racist and divisive.
Whereas ending DACA erodes trust in the government and rescinds a promise to young people who shared their documents and personal information with the government in good faith.
Be it Hereby Resolved That:
- We condemn the decision by President Trump to threaten [end] the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
- We call on the President of the United States and the US Department of Justice to leave the DACA program intact.
- We call on the Congress to pass DACA legislation, removing the policy from the control of the executive branch.
- We call on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship for those currently in the United States.
- We call on Rutgers President Barchi to reaffirm his commitment to sanctuary by offering material and legal support to all Rutgers students whose immigration status is threatened.
- We call on the faculty to join solidarity actions and to continue to proactively support students with threatened immigration status.