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Statement from President Jacquelyn Fetrow on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy

Dear Albright Community Members,

On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced plans to begin the wind down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, over the next six months while also urging Congress to enact a legislative solution. DACA protects undocumented residents who were brought as children to the United States illegally by their parents. DACA provides these individuals with relief from deportation through a renewable two-year permit, and authorization to legally work and attend school.

This decision affects us all. There are an estimated 800,000 recipients of the program nationwide, including about 6,000 in Pennsylvania alone. Some members of the Albright community are likely directly affected, and many of us are fearful for family, neighbors, co-workers, friends and classmates.  There are many unanswered questions and much uncertainty.

What is certain is Albright College’s mission and our core values. We have an unwavering commitment to educate students – all students – of academic promise, regardless of country of origin. At Albright, we welcome and support these young men and women into our vibrant, diverse and inclusive learning community. As our admission policies focus on academic promise, we do not take into account the immigration status of the students who apply, nor do we track or record DACA status.

Many among our community may be feeling uncertainty, anxiousness, or fear.  Many offices and individuals on campus are available to support anyone in need, including the Counseling Center, the Office of the Chaplain, the Dean of Students, the Gable Health Center, Human Resources, and our campus ombudspersons.  In addition, Nicole Christie in Admissions and Chris Hanlon in Financial Aid are available for consultation and conversation. 

There are many unanswered questions about how – or if – Congress will respond. For those who wish to know more, the bipartisan proposal known as the Dream Act of 2017 , if adopted, would provide legal status, security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers. If you wish to make your voice heard in any way, the legislative contacts in our region are listed below my signature.

Each and every member of this community is an Albrightian. The distinctive qualities and experiences that each of us bring make our learning community a special place.  Thank you for being uniquely Albrightian.

With warm regards,

Jacque

-Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82

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Legislative Contacts:

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
202-224-6324
866-802-2833

840 Hamilton Street, Suite 301
Allentown, PA 18101
610-782-9470

U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey
https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=offices
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
202-224-4254

1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd Suite 101
Allentown, PA 18103
610-434-1444
1-855-552-1831

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (6th District)
https://costello.house.gov/contact
326 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4315

840 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-376-7630

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (15th District)
https://dent.house.gov/officeinformation
2082 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-6411

61 N. 3rd Street
Hamburg, PA 19526
610-562-4281

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (7th District)
https://meehan.house.gov/contact/offices
2305 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2011

2004 Weavertown Road
Douglassville, PA 19518

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (16th District)
https://smucker.house.gov/contact/offices
516 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-2411

51 South Duke St., Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-0667
1-888-217-0231

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Click here to read Dr. Fetrow's message on the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia