“Why does Agnes Scott support DACA students? Because as a private, church-related institution, we believe children should not be punished for actions by adults over whom they had no control. We believe it is our right as well as our sacred obligation to invest in young people who have the skills and drive to make a difference in the world. And we are committed, in the words of our mission statement, to educating students to ‘think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times,’” writes President Elizabeth Kiss in the AJC Get Schooled blog.
Many children of illegal immigrants are now attending college under the 4-year-old DACA program. The federal program applies to young immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children, who attend school here and have no felony convictions. Those accepted into the program are granted temporary reprieves from deportation and permits to work legally in the U.S.