City College of San Francisco is echoing a nationwide call to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children by preserving the federal program that shields them from deportation.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, as early as Friday.
“Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter. It remains in America’s best interest to enable them to use their knowledge, skills and energy to make the strongest possible contribution to our country,” reads a letter from the college’s administration to Trump.
Supporters of the program, from the education sector to Silicon Valley’s business leaders, have expressed outrage over calls to end the program and are urging Trump to reconsider.
“Quite frankly I think it is disgusting. What it feels like to me is that the president of the United States is bullying students in our public schools and bullying those students’ families,” CCSF Trustee Tom Temprano said. “The reality is that repealing DACA would be terrible for our public school system, for our economy.”
Some 800,000 people are currently registered under DACA. While the college, which serves nearly 80,000 students, maintains a policy of not identifying DACA students or any other students by their immigration status, Temprano said that CCSF “definitely has a lot of dreamers on campus,” referring to DACA participants.
CCSF currently operates a resource center specifically for undocumented students, offering services such as counseling and legal support.
Support for undocumented and immigrant students will continue at the community college, regardless of the president’s decision, said Temprano.
“We are a sanctuary campus in a sanctuary city, and we will do everything that we have in our power to do to protect and support our undocumented students, regardless of what the Trump administration may do,” he said.
Read the full letter from CCSF leaders to Trump below: