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Bearcat Bulletin
Special Edition: September 5, 2017 - Special Edition | View this email online

Dear Willamette Community,

I am disheartened and disappointed by today’s decision from the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ending the DACA program limits opportunities for a bright and talented group of scholars in their quest to further their education, pursue their dreams and contribute to our country.

While many questions remain unanswered, we are making every effort to understand the decision and how we can continue to support our students. In light of this uncertainty, we need to be deeply mindful of the safety and privacy of our students. As outlined in VP Jade Aguilar’s message to the community last week, Willamette offers a number of resources and support for those affected by this decision.

In addition, I will continue to work with other higher education institutions, advocacy organizations and our state's congressional delegation to support legislation that protects those covered by DACA and that upholds, continues and expands its promises.

Willamette stands in solidarity with over 600 colleges and universities across the country that have signed a letter supporting the continuation of DACA. It is my hope that our collective voices will draw attention to and prompt action from our elected leaders on this “moral imperative and national necessity.”

Steve Thorsett, President

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