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UNCW chancellor issues statement on DACA

UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli. (Source: WECT) UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli said Wednesday that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation has helped the university and that those students will remain welcome on campus.

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he plans to phase out DACA, which President Barack Obama started through executive action in 2012. The program has granted legal status to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.     

"There is no question that DACA students play a critical role on our campus, in our community, and as part of the fabric of this country," Sartarelli said in a message to UNCW students and faculty. "Culturally and intellectually, their contributions cannot be questioned. Our DACA students have been, are, and will remain welcome and valued on our campus. We hope Congress will act with compassion and with the educational and professional goals of these students, and all DACA participants, in mind."

Trump urged Congress to act on DACA in a Tuesday tweet:

Sartarelli said he is working with UNCW's General Administration to gauge the possible effects of DACA changes, adding that supporting DACA students remains a priority. 

"We continue to stand for inclusion and respect on our campus, and we will not tolerate discrimination in the wake of the DACA announcement or at any other time," Sartarelli said.

UNCW is asking any students who experience intimidation or harassment to call University Police at 910-962-2222. The UNCW Counseling Center is also available to help students in distress. That number is 910-962-3746.

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