Harvard President Drew Faust harshly condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“This cruel policy recognizes neither justice nor mercy,” Faust wrote in an email to community members shared with Business Insider. “In the months to come, we will make every effort to have our voice heard, in the halls of Congress and elsewhere, about the need for the protections of DACA to continue.”
Faust has been outspoken about the need to preserve DACA, which provides protection from deportation, a Social Security number so people can work, and, depending on the state, in-state-tuition eligibility to individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children.
On Tuesday she again affirmed that undocumented students had a place on campus and that Harvard policies will not change in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the program will expire in six months.
“As I have outlined in previous communications to the Harvard community, the University will maintain its existing financial aid policies, which provide funding to students without reference to immigration status, and the Harvard University Police Department-which is not involved in the enforcement of federal immigration laws-will maintain its practice of not inquiring about the immigration status of students, staff, or faculty,” she wrote to students.
Faust also pointed students concerned about Tuesday’s announcement toThe Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) at Harvard Law School, and to Jason Corral, a full-time attorney hired to provide legal services to undocumented community members.
Corral responded to an interview request from Business Insider, noting Harvard students fear for their future.
“I am sorry but I am swamped all day today responding to students’ concerns about DACA,” he wrote.