Statement on President Trump's Decision to Rescind DACA

To all students, faculty, and staff,

I am deeply disappointed in President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA.

Since my very first campus communication on the matter last November, Dartmouth, as an institution, has repeatedly made it clear that we view the continuation of DACA as both a moral imperative and a national necessity. We are a community that values diversity with the knowledge that it significantly enhances the quality of an education and DACA therefore is a contributing factor to the success of the College.

Over the next six months, College officials will be in direct communication with members of Congress to continue our strong and vocal advocacy for DACA or a new piece of 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. At the same time, we will do everything in our power, within the bounds of the law, to support these members of our campus community most directly affected by potential changes and challenges to our nation's immigration laws and will continue to decline to disclose information about students except as required by law.

As I stated in my letter to President Trump last Friday, which was shared with the New Hampshire and Vermont Congressional delegations as well as with Dartmouth alumni serving in Congress, those who are protected under DACA seek nothing more than to contribute positively to our communities and our country. It is our sincere hope that Congress recognizes that these individuals embody the determination, drive, and diversity of human talent that make the United States prosper. Our legislators must find a solution that upholds these fundamental values.

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 any additional questions concerning DACA, please visit the DACA Web page maintained by Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services at


Phil Hanlon '77