The Daily Signal reports Brown University has a Plan B for DACA recipients should the federal government end the Obama administration protections. The esteemed university will offer “tuition-free” master’s degree programs to beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if the extreme case of deportation becomes a reality.
“Should DACA be eliminated, we will create in-school and postgraduate opportunities for students unable to work legally to engage in stipend-supported research and education that is not citizenship-dependent,”
Richard Locke, Brown University’s provost
It looks like Plan B maybe needed, this is a series of tweets from POTUS yesterday regarding DACA recipients.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 1, 2018
In the same post published by Locke on Today@Brown, he announced that the private Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, will also offer admitted students benefits including a stipend and health insurance. And Brown will cover the $495 DACA renewal fee, “if renewal is an option,” as well as legal services for DACA recipients.
Along with creating on-campus resources for DACA recipients, Brown’s president, Christina Paxson, wrote a letter to Trump urging the administration and Congress to preserve DACA.
According to the letter, staff said ending DACA would violate Brown University’s core values of service to the campus community and of providing opportunity in a fair, courteous, responsive, and efficient way.
University staff also made clear in a statement that Brown does not share information with law enforcement regarding the immigration status of undocumented students, and would not do so unless presented with a subpoena.
Brown is not the only school to implement such programs. Willamette University in Oregon and the University of California at Berkeley both offer resource pages for DACA recipients.