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 Calling on Trump to Protect Dreamers 03.23.17
Dr. Crossman Joins 560 Presidents
Calling on Trump to Protect Dreamers

Adler University’s representatives are among those from more than 560 U.S. post-secondary educational institutions rallying to protect our nation’s Dreamers.

The Dreamers group comprises those illegal immigrants who came to the United States at a young age without documentation. President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D. joined a growing list this month of college and university presidents across the country who signed a letter that urges President Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The initiative is a presidential discretionary item that allows Dreamers to remain within U.S. borders if they meet certain criteria, including the pursuit of and enrollment in college educational programs.

Under the (DACA) program, created by President (Barack) Obama, more than 700,000 Dreamers have been able to obtain work permits and temporary protection from the risk of deportation,” according to a recent Inside Higher Ed report.

Trump spotlighted DACA during his campaign, vowing to eliminate it as part of his 100-day plan. He has since taken a less severe but more nebulous approach; most recently saying he’d like to “work something out” for Dreamers while neglecting to provide additional details.

That’s why university and college presidents like Crossman are stepping up. Their names are listed in a 14-page addendum to the Trump-bound letter, which was backed by the American Council on Education. The piece expresses advocates’ eagerness to collaborate on retaining the fruitful program.

“Thank you for the positive comments you have made on several occasions about ‘Dreamers,’ a group of outstanding young people you recently referred to as ‘incredible kids,’” University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings said, in a recent Washington Post op-ed that was included in the letter. “We agree with you. Brought as children to our country and since granted temporary permission to stay and obtain work permits, they contribute to our great nation every day.”

Several publications throughout the U.S. have featured editorial board columns expressing that repealing DACA would harm not only innocent individuals, but the communities in which their valuable contributions are resonating. Crossman and his fellow advocates also pointed to financial implications.

“According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, deporting the approximately 750,000 people registered in the program would cost over $60 billion in lost tax revenue and result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade,” the letter said.

Read the full letter for additional details.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.