On DACA: A Message to the Campus Community
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) being rescinded, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm my unwavering support of the DREAM Act and of DACA, and that I continue to be passionate about these highly successful programs. It is my hope that Congress will act to ensure that DACA remains in effect.
It is important to reiterate that at Stony Brook University, we do not request or require immigration status as part of the admissions process, nor is immigration status a factor in student housing decisions. We do not share private information; once a student is enrolled we protect student confidentiality in line with federal and state law; and, our University Police Department does not inquire into nor record the immigration status of students or other persons unless they have been arrested. Also, it is important for us to understand that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities as " sensitive locations" — places where enforcement actions should not occur outside of extraordinary circumstances. It is critical for the University to remain a place where free exchange of ideas is safeguarded but done in a way that respects our differences.
We have seen how the recipients of DACA have a positive impact on our campus and broader community. Diversity of perspectives, thought and understanding serves as a foundation of Stony Brook’s academic enterprise and helps our students become global citizens. Let’s do what's right, and unite to support our 'dreamers' together.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.