Sarah Lawrence Signs Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing

On October 8, 2019 Sarah Lawrence College President Cristle Collins Judd issued the following letter to the Sarah Lawrence community, highlighting the College's participation in an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), filed in the Supreme Court of the United States ahead of arguments scheduled for November 12, 2019:

To the Sarah Lawrence Community,

As many of you are aware, on November 12, 2019, the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the futures of the more than 700,000 program participants will be argued in the Supreme Court of the United States. Sarah Lawrence College is a proud partner of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and signatory of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed with the Supreme Court in support of DACA. More than 160 institutions of higher education across the country stand alongside Sarah Lawrence in this endeavor to make our collective voices heard.

We strongly affirm the contributions Dreamers and their peers have made at Sarah Lawrence and at colleges and universities across the country, and we recognize and affirm the promise they hold as vibrant members of American society.

Sarah Lawrence, as a private institution, does not take into account immigration status in its admission decisions. The College will not participate voluntarily in any effort by federal authorities to take action against a member of its community on the basis of citizenship status, nor will it voluntarily provide information about the documentation status of any student.

We urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Members of the Sarah Lawrence community can use the following websites to find their home-state Representative and Senator to express your opinions on this matter: house.gov/representatives/find/ and senate.gov/senators/contact/ .

DACA recipients who have less than one year remaining on their current status have time to apply for renewal. In addition, legal information about immigration policies and procedures as well as DACA is available here. Current students in need of individual help, please reach out to Danny Trujillo, Dean of Studies and Student Life. 

 

Yours,

Cristle Collins Judd, President