Updated September 5, 2017
In a Sept. 5 letter to the Amherst community, President Martin characterized as “reprehensible” the Trump Administration decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “We will continue our commitment to recruiting, admitting and educating the most talented students regardless of where they were born or what resources their families might enjoy,” she wrote. Barring a lawfully issued subpoena or judicial order, she continued, the College will not share students’ records against their wishes.
The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program will be rescinded effective March 5, 2018. Anyone who has a DACA permit expiring between now and March 5, 2018 can apply for a two-year renewal if the application is submitted by October 5, 2017. Congress may act to reinstate the DACA program or some similar program prior to the deadline. In the meantime, The college will make the services of our immigration attorney available to any student in DACA status. Students with DACA status are encouraged to avoid any international travel at this time.
To arrange a consultation with the college’s outside immigration counsel, please contact Tenzin Kunor, Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership, at 413.542.5763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.