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UConn and CSCU sign amicus brief in DACA lawsuit

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The University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) have signed on to an amicus brief to support a lawsuit against President Trump’s announced plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACAUConn President Susan Herbst stated the end of DACA would create financial problems for her institution. “If DACA students are deported, forced to withdraw or leave the university, UConn will lose the tuition revenue that these students contribute,” she wrote in an affidavit. “This is a significant impact on the university.”

Mark Ojakian, president of CSCU, claimed that DACA program participants were “some of our best students,” adding that the “fundamental responsibility of a public education institution is to foster learning, innovation, and strong communities to any student willing to put in the work to learn and achieve.”

The amicus brief supports a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by the University of California against the Trump administration. Separate litigation seeking to preserve DACA was filed in U.S. District Court in New York by a consortium of state attorneys general, including Connecticut’s George Jepsen.

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