Dear Campus Community:
Given President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly referred to as “dreamers,” please know that our University stands ready to support all UofM students affected by this shift in U.S. policy. Rest assured that the American dream is alive and well at the University of Memphis, and we will be working with our representatives in the U.S. Congress and Senate to make sure our voices are heard on an issue so critical to the future of our country and University. We are also working with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) to address our concerns about this policy shift that directly impacts some of our students. We will be hosting a meeting addressing this policy shift in the next few weeks; please stay tuned for details regarding date and time. We will also provide periodic updates over the course of the next six months as Congress takes action.
I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting many of our students potentially impacted by this policy change. I can say without hesitation that they are remarkable young men and women. As with many of our students, their journey to the UofM has not been an easy one, and the road ahead promises serious challenges. They should know that they are not alone, as we will be working through our elected officials to support their argument that not only do they belong on our campus, but they are making significant contributions to our campus, our community and our country. The United States is an immigrant nation, a country fueled by the creativity, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of people from around the globe. We will stand with our students, and we will work with our elected officials to keep their American dream alive.
M. David Rudd
Distinguished University Professor