On September 7, 2017, Butler University President James M. Danko sent the following letter to Indiana’s U.S. Senators and Indiana’s U.S. Representative for District 7 concerning the proposed changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

September 7, 2017

The Honorable Joseph Donnelly
United States Senate
720 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Sent electronically via www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact/email-joe

Dear Senator Donnelly:

The recent decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the next six months is highly concerning to me and many in the Butler University community. Brought to the U.S. as infants, toddlers, and small children, these 800,000 “Dreamers” share the same passions, hopes, enthusiasm, and prospects for making meaningful and important contributions to our nation as their American-born counterparts.

Without a clear legislative answer in sight, this decision is creating stress, anxiety, and concern among Dreamers and their families. It also puts a tremendous onus on us to forge a permanent solution. While Congress has been unable to solve this challenge in the past, I am optimistic that with your leadership and support, a sustainable legislative remedy—built upon broad and bipartisan support—can be found.

Those who benefit from DACA had no choice in the matter when they were brought to the U.S. by their parents. But we have a choice now. As the leader of Butler University, an institution founded upon a commitment to inclusivity and equality, it is my greatest hope that we will find a solution that reflects the enduring American values of justice and opportunity for all.

Thank you for your consideration and your work for the State of Indiana.

Best regards,James M. Danko, President
Butler University