Approximately 750,000 students in the United States are eligible to complete a process to receive two-year protection from deportation, a Social Security number, and approval to work under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an executive order signed in 2012 by President Barack Obama, not a law or regulation, so it can be changed or ended at any time. Many are concerned that the Donald Trump administration will modify or rescind DACA. Concerns are heightened in light of presidential executive orders issued in January 2017: "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements," "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," and "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
University of Puget Sound leaders are working with national higher education organizations and are actively encouraging members of Washington state’s congressional delegation to support passage of the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (or BRIDGE) Act, which would bring the provisions of DACA into law. President Crawford will be in Washington, D.C., January 30 - February 1 to meet with members of Washington state's Congressional delegation.