A Message to Our Members on DACA
A Message to Our Members on DACADavid Coleman, President and CEO, The College Board
The College Board is dedicated to clearing a path for all students to own their future. For more than 100 years, we have cultivated young people everywhere—in rural America and in our cities; in public, private, religious, and home schools; and across races, classes, and backgrounds. Through that work we witness an enduring truth: students will run, not walk, when provided a path to opportunity.
This is why we are so concerned and compelled to speak out against any effort to banish DACA recipients. The College Board is unwavering in our commitment to these young people.
We see so many of these students working hard, despite many obstacles, to master Advanced Placement work, to soar on the SAT, to excel in college, and to own their future. These undocumented students who defy everything to pursue their education are like kids born here poor or with other disadvantages—they refuse to give in; they persist and even thrive.
These students were brought here illegally through no fault of their own, grew up in America, and now have no other country to call home. Uprooting these young people would cause them irreparable harm. And what lesson would we teach the young Americans who will see their classmates ripped out of the fabric of their lives?
We therefore urge the president to maintain DACA protections. We also implore our fellow citizens in Congress to take swift legislative action to move beyond executive order to law, for the uncertainties surrounding the executive order leave these young people in a destructive limbo. Making law may require making hard compromises, and we support the principled efforts in both parties to forge a lasting agreement.
Let us all pause to witness these young people and their promise, and awaken to the actions we must take to keep them and the ideals of our country safe.
President and CEO
The College Board