Thank you President Garrett. You have shown us what a true president does in the face of adversity.
For those unaware, President Trump announced Tuesday that he was ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program that serves nearly 800,000 people, according to CNN.
Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who came here as children are eligible for work authorization, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
While the news rattled several throughout the country and inspired protests, President Garrett stepped up and sent out an inspiring email with a promise for action that same morning.
President Garrett showed gumption when she said that she was disappointed by Trump’s decision to end DACA.
She reaffirmed her and the university’s commitment to diversity and said, “Our vision, ‘changing lives for the common good,’ will continue to extend to every student at Emporia State University.”
Garrett immediately stepped into action as questions about DACA were added to the official university website, which can be found at www.emporia.edu/daca.
Garrett showed that she would work on behalf of students and that, in the face of adversity, she would do what she could to keep them safe.
“ESU will not act as agents of ICE or work on the organization’s behalf,” according to emporia.edu.
It is heartening and inspiring to know that Garrett and the ESU administration is committed to working for their students, above all else.
While they cannot break the law, which makes sense, ESU won’t automatically provide information on students, according to emporia.edu, they must respond to “legally-issued warrants or subpoenas.”
What is, perhaps, most encouraging is ESU’s commitment to still help DACA students, no matter what.
ESU has promised to search for “available assistance to support impacted students to the extent we can,” when and if DACA students are rendered unable to work.
Additionally, if any students are deported, not just DACA recipients, ESU will help them finish their degrees in an online format.
As a student, this brought me to tears.
ESU cannot fix all of our problems. They are but a small institution in Kansas.
But they’re doing their best and they’re doing everything they can. In the end, that’s what’s most important.
So thank you for having our backs when we need it most, President Garrett.