President Eisgruber urges congressional leaders to act quickly to protect DACA students

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday urging them to place the highest priority on legislation that would provide immediate and long-term protection for young people enrolled in or eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA.

Shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would phase out the DACA program, Eisgruber sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"It is within the power of Congress to give these young people the protections and peace of mind that DACA provided, and going beyond that, a path to permanent residence and citizenship," Eisgruber wrote. "I strongly believe that such action would be in the national interest, in addition to being very much the right thing to do. I hope Congress will take this action, and will take it quickly."

The DACA program permits undocumented students to continue their studies in the United States without fear of deportation. Last fall, Eisgruber issued a statement of support for DACA to the University community and joined a group of what is now more than 600 college and university presidents who have signed on to a statement supporting the program. Last week, Eisgruber wrote to President Trump, urging him not to repeal DACA.