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Statement on DACA

September 04, 2017


To:The Caltech Community
From:Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics
Date:September 5, 2017

Earlier today, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action puts at risk more than 800,000 students who were raised in the United States, students who have flourished as scholars and leaders, and who have enriched their campuses and communities, intellectually, socially, and economically. It cuts to the core of what we stand for as an educational institution: to identify, attract, and support talented individuals, and to create a community where students, staff, and faculty alike can learn from each other and thrive.  In this way, we create knowledge and improve society, helping our nation realize its aspirations.   

Caltech has actively supported the DACA program over the years through our actions, petitions, and letters.  Our efforts will now shift to Congress. Caltech will continue to support the students affected so that they may continue to dream and to retain faith in the promises that have been made to them. The advancement of people and ideas has been the Institute's mission and America's trademark. We must remain a campus and a land of opportunity.