Following the Trump Administration’s Tuesday announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, TCU’s Chancellor sent a campus-wide email urging students and faculty to “engage in the legislative process in ways that are personally meaningful and that align with the University’s mission.”
In the Wednesday morning email, Chancellor Victor Boschini, also offered support staff to any DACA students, stating that “DACA’s protection from deportation of roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children allows them to pursue their educations and effectively contribute to our society. We recognize the value of this population in bringing the noble aspirations of our campus, and our nation, to life.”
Boschini went on to explain that although outcome of the DACA elimination is still yet to be determined, TCU’s goal is to act with the best interests the campus community in mind.
He also pointed to Congress, stating that it has now fallen on the shoulders of these elected officials to find a solution.
“The onus now falls to the United States Congress and its ability to expediently develop a solution that upholds the time-tested ideals of inclusivity, opportunity, hard work and personal achievement,” Boschini wrote. ” To that end, I encourage our community of faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends to engage in the legislative process in ways that are personally meaningful and that align with the University’s mission to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.”
Some members of the TCU community are also reacting to this news by planning a Wednesday protest march from the Founders Statue to Sadler Hall. The Facebook event for the protest, titled “Defend DACA at TCU”, asks students to “tell TCU that WE WILL protect and DEFEND DACA and their families.”
“I refuse to let this sit quietly when this affects OUR PEERS, OUR STAFF, OUR FACULTY and their families,” the event description reads. “EDUCATION before DEPORTATION! Let’s MAKE SOME NOISE so Chancellor Boschini HEAR US and TAKE A STAND WITH US!”
The protest is planned for Wednesday, September 6th from 12-2pm.