In Support of DACA and the 'Dreamers'

President Hanlon addresses the Texas federal court ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

To the Dartmouth community,

I write today to express my deep disappointment and concern that a Texas federal court has ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) unlawful. Regardless of whether the decision is appealed or stayed, the uncertainty it introduces into the lives of the "Dreamers" in our community and across the country compels me to reiterate Dartmouth's support for federal legislation that provides Dreamers with a clear path to citizenship.

Dartmouth officials will continue direct communication with members of Congress to reiterate our strong support for Dreamers and for any legislation that would ensure that those who were brought to this country as children and had obtained legal status under DACA can continue to pursue their studies freely and without fear. To advance this effort, Dartmouth joined 18 universities in July 2018 when the group filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case brought by seven states challenging the legality of DACA, which was the case decided yesterday in Texas. The discontinuation of DACA, we contended in the brief, would deter young people from pursuing higher education and preclude the remarkable students enrolled at our schools from deriving the full benefit of time on our campuses.

Once again, I extend my sincerest thanks to all of the students, faculty, and staff across campus, as well as our peers across higher education, who stand with Dartmouth on this important issue and who are supporting students during what, for some, is a deeply troubling and difficult time. Should you have questions concerning DACA, or our commitment to support members of our community affected by potential changes, please visit the DACA web page maintained by our Office of Visa and Immigration Services at


Philip J. Hanlon '77