KCC employees and students,
This week, the United States government announced its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which has provided legal immigration status to some 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States as children and who have resided in this country since at least 2012.
Because we don’t track students’ immigration status at KCC, we don’t know how many, if any, of our 5,000-plus Bruins in the current semester fall under the DACA policy. We also don’t know where the nation’s policy debate is heading or how it will be resolved.
Still, at Kellogg Community College, we feel it’s timely to reaffirm for our campus community that our institution remains committed to cultivating an educational environment that supports and protects all students and to fostering a more inclusive culture for students and employees. That commitment has included and continues to include anyone who is registered under DACA.
At this time of division and uncertainty, we at KCC are asking everyone within our Bruin family – students, alumni, employees and fans – to embrace compassion and empathy as we proceed together into the future.
Mark P. O’Connell