November 20, 2016
Dear Members of the Amherst College Community,
On November 16, several hundred of our students gathered with faculty and staff on the steps of Converse Hall to express their fears and their opposition to possible changes in American immigration laws and enforcement. Their fears about how changes may affect them, their fellow students, and their families are all too real. At Amherst, we have an obligation to ensure that all our students are able to take advantage of the educational opportunity we offer without fear for their well-being. At this moment, we are particularly focused on undocumented students and students with legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order. We will do everything we can within the limits of the law to support them and fulfill our promise of educational opportunity.