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September 5, 2017

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

We have been closely monitoring the situation in Washington, where the administration of President Trump has today announced the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). I write to strongly reaffirm Tufts’ commitment to this program and to our DACA and undocumented students.

Since our founding, Tufts has been rooted in the values of inclusion and diversity. These values—so important to our community—have prompted us to join with other colleges and universities in calling for the continuation of the DACA program. Tufts strongly opposes terminating DACA, and I promise that we will continue to advocate in court and with elected leaders to communicate our unwavering support of the program.

DACA and undocumented students have often overcome enormous challenges to study at Tufts. They can be proud of their accomplishments, and we are grateful for their contributions to the university community. We will continue to honor our commitment to our DACA and undocumented students, providing them with our unequivocal support so they can receive the quality education that they well deserve. I believe this support is in the very best tradition of Tufts as a university.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco