MSU among hundreds of colleges signing pro-DACA letter to Congress

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MSU students staged a walkout in front of Strong Hall to show support for the DACA program and DACA students.
Andrew Jansen/News-LeaderBuy PhotoStudents at Missouri State University staged a walkout in front of Strong Hall on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 to show support for the DACA program and the university’s DACA students.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)Buy PhotoMissouri State University is one of several hundred higher education institutions urging Congress to protect children of undocumented immigrants. A letter dated Thursday to U.S. Senate and House leaders asked them to “pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers, outstanding young people brought to our country as children.”MSU President Clif Smart posted a link to the letter on Twitter with a short caption: “@MissouriState is on the list. This is important.”.@MissouriState is on the list. This is important. https://t.co/aZrWHCfO5O— Clif Smart (@ClifSmart) October 19, 2017The letter follows President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which allows children of immigrants who entered the country illegally to stay in the U.S. under certain conditions. However, Trump did not end the program immediately, leaving the door open for Congress to act.”There is widespread support among your constituents and across the country on the need to protect these individuals,” says the letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.”Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends,” the letter continues. “Despite the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our country and its economy and security. They should continue to be able to do so. If …


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