Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn.
The president of Northern Essex Community College this week joined the presidents of the other 14 state community colleges and Boston Public Schools in opposing President Donald Trump’s end of a program helping children of immigrants who stayed in the U.S. illegally.
Lane A. Glenn told college trustees Wednesday night of the letter written in support of “dreamers,” who have been protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—known as DACA.
“Individuals with DACA status live in our communities, pay taxes and are ready and willing to continue to positively contribute to our local economies and communities,” the statement reads. “Ending DACA and subjecting these individuals to deportation not only contradicts our shared values and the inherent principles in our educational missions, but threatens the economic well-being of our region, state, and country.”
The statement notes Massachusetts ranks number one in K-12 education and the number of residents with college degrees. Students include those with DACA status.
“In many respects, our country has grown to its present strength due to the past influx of immigrants seeking the American Dream,” the statement continues. “That dream is grounded in our country’s belief that all are endowed with three basic rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The ‘crime’ of the undocumented immigrant today is pursuing the same dream of many in the past – a better life for their families.”
The single-page statement concludes, “We stand together to fight for the continued protection of all the young people with and eligible for DACA.”