In November 2016, a petition was signed by over 1,500 faculty members and students from Emory University in response to President Trump’s win. Students and faculty felt uncertain about what would happen to students who were here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since President Trump made promises to remove this program soon after he was to take office.

University leadership responded to this petition by first acknowledging it, thanking petitioners for the letter, and promising a more in depth response soon. On January 18, 2017, University leadership made due on their promise by releasing another letter laying out available resources to affected students and introducing some initiatives that were being explored in regards to addressing many of the concerns laid out in the petition.

One of the many items that University leadership has done in response to the petition was made known their strong support of the newly introduced Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act and shared this with the Emory Community. University leadership is working closely with constituents and looking for partnerships to further help the undocumented students of Emory University.

This is a great step in making sure the Emory Community remains diverse in its nationalities and culture.

Original Article Here: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/11/upress_letter_response/index.html

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