Dear students, faculty and staff:

I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s decision to end the executive order on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months. DACA was introduced in 2012 to protect immigrants who came to the United States as children and allows them to enroll in college, work legally, and obtain a driver’s license. Since that time, nearly 800,000 young people have benefited from the program.

Now, the future of DACA is up to our legislative leaders, and we, at the U, encourage them to recognize the talent and dedication of our students and the value they contribute to society by supporting legislation for them. I want you to know that the University of Utah is unwavering in its commitment to undocumented students (with or without DACA), many of whom are feeling tremendous fear and anxiety as a result of today’s decision. We are currently evaluating whether changes in federal law will have an impact on existing Utah law, and we will keep those impacted apprised of what we learn.

Having a diverse community is a core value at the University of Utah, and we welcome students from around the world. It is through this lens that we, as a research university, are able to grow and contribute to the knowledge that will lead us into the future. 

The U’s Dream Center is here to support undocumented students and their families by providing specialized mentoring and support, from college access to graduation and beyond. If you have questions or need support, please do not hesitate to contact the center at dream@utah.edu or 801-581-3470.

If you know of anyone who would like to make a donation to support Dreamers in their pursuit of education, please direct them here. If you would like to encourage our representatives and senators to support DACA, you can find their contact information here. We stand behind investing in these young people, who are such a vital part of the University of Utah community.


David W. Pershing
University of Utah

  • VetusRepublic

    Communist who ignores the fact that DACA is an illegal and unconstitutional executive order.

    David Pershing, you are a Communist not unlike the traitorous bastard Octavio Villalpando. Your statement shall be reported to U.S. Department of Justice Attn: Jeffrey Sessions, to direct ICE to crack down.

    You are indeed corrupt, David, especially with the fiasco over the firing of the cancer institute director that is petty politics.

    • Cheryl

      Please indicate to us where in the statutes and indeed in the Constitution it is noted that the incredibly inane, bigoted, and uneducated comment you just made is hidden for I swear minds far FAR above yours have searched and searched and simply cannot find any such reference.

      • VetusRepublic

        You have no clue, do you?

        Article I, Section 8, Clause 4.

        You have been washed as marinated in communism. I agree with tanner’s comment below. The U truly abhor the heterosexual white men and women who aren’t onboard with communism.

        Alumnus: Stop donating to the U since it just established the communist indoctrination college called The School of Social and Cultural Transformation, approved by the board of trustees.

        Defund this evil and treasonous university to transit to the private university status.

        • Cheryl

          “The DACA program was created by the Obama administration through a 2012 executive action — that is, the executive branch relied on a combination of its own authority and the powers delegated to it by Congress in order to form DACA.”

          So, Sessions’ claim that DACA is unconstitutional isn’t true. Obama used the power granted to him by Congress to enact it, and previous lawsuits attempting to argue that DACA is unconstitutional have been “dismissed,” …

          Eat it mr. pointy hat – go back to playing with yourself.

          • Brady

            However, Trump is now giving Congress the ability to write DACA into actual law. Nothing wrong is being done here by doing this. It simply is being put in the hands of “law makers” to have the ability to write it into law as opposed to using g executive authority to bypass the process.

  • tanner

    Sounds like this guy is an out and out race hater. looks like he totally hates white people. he is really needy of approval by the sick libs. he is probably a cuck and a total beta.
    is he guilty of crimes for providing aid and comfort to illegal aliens? also, is this a violation of the Hatch Act by lobbying
    supported by federal funds?

    university of utah also uses “holistic admissions criteria” which is just a ruse to discriminate against poor whites. they really hate poor whites up there. the rich whites never have to pay the price, That is how these racists get away with discrimination in total violation of doctor king’s desire for a merit based system as supported by donald j. trump.

    totally scumified.

  • Cheryl

    Watch out below – total troll city.

  • Pavel

    We need more illegals in the USA to vote for Democrats and their Republican counterparts. Also we need people to work harder so that those on welfare can get more money and be able to enjoy the life of freeloading they deserve.