University leaders respond to DACA announcement

courtesy University Communications

By Cassie Wade

University of Nebraska president Hank Bounds and University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor Jeffrey Gold released statements Tuesday morning in response to President Trump’s DACA announcement.

DACA, a program put into place by the Obama administration, provides amnesty for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Trump announced Tuesday that the program will be phased out starting in March of 2018. The President called on Congress to come up with replacement legislation before the program ends.

In response to Trump’s DACA announcement, Bounds released a statement in support of the university’s DACA students.

“Our message to them, as to all University of Nebraska students, is clear: They are welcome here, they are important members of our community and we are proud of their courage and commitment to their education,” Bounds said.

Bounds asked Congress “to act quickly to remove the uncertainty for these young people who are working hard to pursue the American dream.”

An announcement email from Gold was sent to members of the UNO community at noon. Gold said he stands with Bounds and the other NU chancellors in their commitment to students’ and their educational success.

“We have two important responsibilities as educators: to turn ongoing challenges into opportunities and to turn dreams of all of our students into realities,” Gold said. “These responsibilities are unwavering and form the very foundation of every truly great university.”

Gold stressed UNO and UNMC’s accessibility to all students.

“The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center were both founded on the principle of access to any student who has done the hard work of preparation,” Gold said. “I believe that we are a better university, city, state and country when all of our students have access to education and are an active part of our communities, sharing their spirit, background, intellect and passion.”