President Alison Byerly has joined more than 175 higher education leaders in The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact their students, campuses, and communities.
An item of immediate focus for the coalition is urging Congress to pass legislation that will protect from deportation undocumented students who entered the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration plans to end such protections offered administratively under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“As an institution committed to providing educational opportunity to talented young people, Lafayette has welcomed a number of undocumented students, and we will do all we can to support them,” Byerly says. “They are valued members of our community, and we are proud that Lafayette can serve as a valuable pathway to a successful future for undocumented students.”
Members of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration commit themselves to educating the public and policymakers about the contributions of immigrant students, improving their support for immigrant students on their campuses, and supporting immigration policies “that honor our values and commitments as educational institutions.”