Letter from President Eisgruber to President Trump Regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Aug. 30, 2017

August 30, 2017

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I am writing to urge you to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its current form and to defend the policy from any potential court challenges.

Repealing DACA would be a tragic mistake.  DACA is a wise and humane policy that benefits this country in multiple ways.  It has allowed talented and motivated students, who came here as a result of decisions by their parents, to pursue educations and contribute positively to our communities and our country.  You have said that DACA students are “incredible kids,” and I very much agree.  Indeed, I expect that the extraordinary young people at Princeton and other institutions of higher education who have benefited from the DACA program will be leaders in building the innovation economy that your administration has championed.

Fair treatment and inclusivity are values fundamental to America’s Constitution, its history, and its future.  DACA carries forward these commitments and exemplifies the spirit that has long defined this country:  it enables hardworking, honest young people to thrive as engaged and productive members of our society, and it strengthens us all through the talent that they bring to America.

I hope you will do everything in your power to preserve this program.

Christopher L. Eisgruber