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College Art Association Condemns Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA

NEW YORK—The College Art Association released a statement denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects more than eight hundred thousand undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The CAA called Trump’s plan to phase out DACA “a denial of the foundational beliefs of the United States of America.” It is now urging Congress to act in order to save the federal program. “Last fall, 689 college and university presidents signed a letter encouraging colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and nonprofit sectors to uphold DACA,” the CAA said. “We stand with those higher education leaders today and stress how important it is for our members and all advocates to stand up for basic human rights in this country.”

A petition launched to save DACA on UnitedWeDream.com reads: “Holding up Donald Trump’s promises is an act of hate and strips immigrants from our humanity.” It was signed by more than 187,000 people.

Former secretary of state Janet Napolitano, who established DACA in 2012, is now suing the president in an attempt to save it. Napolitano, who currently serves as president of the University of California system, told the New York Times, “I’m really outraged on behalf of our students, who have done everything that has been asked of them. Most of them know only the United States as home. To say that they have to be thinking about possible deportation is wrong on the law, inconsistent with our values, and bad immigration policy.” A lawsuit filed by her lawyers on Friday, September 8, accuses the president of harming thousands of undocumented students currently attending universities by violating administrative procedures and constitutional due process requirements when he abruptly ended the program.

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September 11, 2017