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UNC President Signs U.S. Supreme Court DACA Brief

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October 9, 2019

University of Northern Colorado President Andy Feinstein officially joined leaders from 165 colleges and universities nationwide in supporting the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case on the policy.

DACA allows about 700,000 undocumented students, often known as Dreamers, to reside, study and work in the U.S. UNC’s name appears in the amicus brief, a legal document filed with the court, to advocate continuing the program.

“DACA aligns with our university values as a welcoming and inclusive campus,” said Feinstein, who signed the brief on behalf of UNC. “I care deeply about students and their success. The opportunities to excel at UNC should not be impinged by birthplace or other factors outside of students’ control.”

The Supreme Court will begin oral arguments on Nov. 12 and, in the coming months, will determine whether the federal government’s rescission of DACA in 2017 was lawful. UNC’s Board of Trustees previously adopted a resolution (PDF) in support of continuing DACA.

The nonpartisan Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration organized the initiative that led to the amicus brief.

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