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Chancellor Dutta shows strong opposition of DACA repeal in University-wide email

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On Tuesday evening, Chancellor Debasish Dutta sent out an email to all students discussing Rutgers’ policy on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) act. 

The email was sent after a federal district court issued an order directing the President Donald J. Trump's administration to continue to accept renewal applications for DACA. University President Robert L. Barchi previously said he encourages all eligible Rutgers—New Brunswick students to contact the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) for free consultation and assistance. In addition, Dutta announced that Rutgers has hired a case manager to further support undocumented students. 

“Let me emphasize that Rutgers considers ending the DACA program to be inconsistent with American values,” Dutta said. 

Rutgers has made previous statements supporting undocumented students. On Sept. 5, 2017, Dutta sent an email to students shortly after Trump’s announcement to eliminate the DACA program. 

“I disagree strongly with President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA, which conflicts with our institution’s commitment to fairness, equality and justice for all people. What’s more, this action strikes at the core of our land-grant mission, which in its essence is to fulfill the promise of a better life through a Rutgers education,” he said. 

Barchi also weighed in on the issue that same day in an email to students. 

Barchi suggested that a solution to the problem is to to enact federal legislation, such as the BRIDGE Act, a bill that would extend DACA protections until comprehensive immigration reform is enacted. Dutta emphasized this suggestion again in his latest email, as well. 

Suzanne Link, the Legislative Affairs Committee chairwoman of RUSA and a School of Arts and Sciences junior, expressed her thoughts in a previous interview with The Daily Targum. “We felt that it was extremely important to show our undocumented classmates that they are welcome and supported at Rutgers,” she said. 

Erica D'Costa

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