Statement on decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy

We are deeply disappointed by President Trump’s cruel decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Ending this program runs counter to core American ideals and will cause unnecessary fear and uncertainty for thousands of students and families across the country.

To single out and punish this group of engaged and talented young people, who seek the opportunity to learn and grow into productive members of our society, is a self-defeating action opposed by political leaders of both parties and by a majority of the American public.

We are communicating our concerns to Maine’s congressional delegation and urging them to act quickly to approve legislation that restores the protections of DACA in a meaningful and durable manner.

Meanwhile, Bates remains committed to admitting students without regard to their immigration status and to ensuring the safety and support of all students while on campus. All admitted students, regardless of their status, are eligible to apply for institutional, need-based financial aid, and we meet the full, demonstrated financial need of any admitted student.