Chancellor Statement Regarding DACA

Dear UW Colleges and UW-Extension community, 

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration will repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On behalf of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, I join the Association on Public-Land Grant Universities and UW System in expressing our strong support for the individuals affected by this abrupt change. The announcement is concerning for the young people currently enrolled in the program, as well as for Wisconsin’s communities, industries and economy. 

At a time in which our state is facing significant demographic shifts, as well as a considerable workforce shortage in areas such as nursing, IT, and education, it is more critical than ever that we support all who are positively contributing to our state. DACA members are talented and hard-working individuals who are legally working and/or attending school.  We strongly urge our political leaders to work together to quickly find a permanent solution. 

If you are aware of UW Colleges students who have concerns regarding this policy change, please direct them to our campus Solution Center Staff for support. For any UW Colleges and Extension employees who have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources representative.  

Our institutions’ people, programs, and resources can be felt in all 72 Wisconsin counties, and we will continue to support DACA recipients. 

As more information becomes available regarding this policy change and/or legislative action, we will be sure to keep you up-to-date.  

Sincerely, 

Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor
University of Wisconsin Colleges
University of Wisconsin-Extension