DACA Announcement: A Message from Dean Goldman

September 5, 2017

Dear GWSPH Students,

Today the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government is rescinding the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration protection program that allows young undocumented immigrants to live, work and study in the United States, a decision that will no doubt leave confusion and fear in its wake. I am writing to express my strong support for students here at the Milken Institute School of Public Health who might be affected by the decision, either directly or indirectly.

GW President LeBlanc has also issued a statement of support, which you can read here.

The recent decision threatens the well-being of students here and across the country and I want you to know that you are welcome here and we will support you.

As noted by President LeBlanc, the university has several resources that can be helpful to you; to find a guide to the resources at the university visit this website. The GW Law School's immigration clinic offers legal assistance to GW students and the university has retained an external immigration law firm that can help you. Contact Helen Konrad at the firm of McCandlish Holton: hkonrad@lawmh.com. As Dr. LeBlanc stated: "We value the contributions that all of our students bring to our campus community. Policies that hinder our ability to attract and educate the best and the brightest are not in the interest of GW or the nation’s higher education system."

Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health