Statement from Chancellor Zeppos on Trump administration’s action on DACA

In response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos issued the following statement:

“Ending DACA is a mistake. Without an alternative in place, it closes the door to young student scholars and leaders raised and educated in the United States and cuts short their potential to contribute to their communities and our national economy. We urge and stand ready to support swift enactment of legislation, such as the BRIDGE Act, that allows these young people to reach their dreams in the only nation they’ve ever called home.

“Our mission of teaching and discovery demands a vibrant academic environment supported by a culture of curiosity, diversity, access and inclusion. To that end, we will continue to support and embrace our students regardless of immigration status, citizenship or nationality.”