Support DACA Students

A Message from our Interim President
and Chief Advancement Officer Michael Cheever

The Trump administration publicly announced that they were ending DACA, a program designed to protect young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.  The Department of Homeland Security stated they will stop processing any new applications for the program but would continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months, giving Congress time to pass formal legislation.

DACA, enacted five years ago, has helped nearly 800,000 Dreamers by providing them the opportunity to get driver’s licenses, secure safe employment and, most important to CSF, attend school.  To be eligible, you had to have come to the United States before 2007 and had to have been 15 years or younger at the time.  DACA was designed to protect the innocent – children who didn’t have a choice where they lived. 

CSF has a proud and prominent history of supporting underrepresented students.  We have repeatedly stated, since the creation of our foundation, that we support students, no matter where they were born.  Let us be exceptionally clear - NO MATTER where they were born.  Reports have shown that the US economy would lose over $460 billion in GDP over the next decade if DACA protections are removed, but this is not a financial issue, it is a human issue.

Education is a vital key to success.  We have seen the results of our work over the years through our 8,200+ graduates.  Our alumni are leaders, are volunteering and giving back in large numbers and are changing the culture and dynamics at home and in their communities.  Education is a key to success but it must also be accessible.  In other words, every student should have the opportunity to succeed.

CSF stands with and will play an active role with our partner colleges and universities, our local anchor corporations, coalition partners, allies in both the state legislature and Congress supporting the bipartisan dream act or similar legislation that will protect all aspiring students. 

We invite you to join us in this important effort.

Interim President & Chief Advancement Officer
Michael Cheever

Express your support for the DACA program and urge Congress to pass legislation in a timely way that will allow these individuals to continue to be productive members of our communities, click below to contact your Congressional representatives and House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

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