September 05, 2017
President Kaplan sent the following message to the University of New Haven community on Tuesday, September 5:
Along with so many others in our University community, state, and nation, I was saddened and disappointed to hear the news that President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy today. For the past five years, DACA has represented an immense amount of hope and promise for 800,000 undocumented minor immigrants and their families.
Those affected by this seismic shift are grappling with the new reality that awaits them. Despite their hard work and sacrifices, the pursuit of their dreams in our nation hangs in the balance. We must not equivocate in our support for them. My own wife is an immigrant to this great country, and each day I am reminded of the countless contributions she has made to her community and to this university. Her story joins scores of others that speak to the power and influence of immigrants in the United States.
As an institution of higher learning, we open wide our doors to all, regardless of background, ethnicity, or creed, and we will stand for the underrepresented and underprivileged.
Many of those who have benefited from DACA have done so to pursue their education. As an institution of higher learning, we open wide our doors to all, regardless of background, ethnicity, or creed, and we will stand for the underrepresented and underprivileged. Our commitment to accessibility and opportunity for all cuts to the core of who we are at the University of New Haven. As we do for all of our students, we will work tirelessly to support all those who seek to fulfill their dreams here.
Together, with countless other college and university presidents, I urge our legislators to come together and produce a solution for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who are impacted by this rollback. Dreamers represent the quintessential American pursuit of happiness, and it is our nation’s leaders’ responsibility to protect those pursuits. As this policy reversal unfolds, I encourage you to write and call your legislators, imploring them to create a way forward for these true Dreamers.
My sincerest thanks goes to our entire community for the strides already made in addressing the DACA decision. The past 24 hours alone have reaffirmed to me how special the University of New Haven is, and how unrelenting our community is in supporting one another. Together, we will continue our important work of achieving true inclusivity.
With best wishes,
Steven H. Kaplan