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CU pledges to continue admitting students 'without regard to their immigration status'

By: Boulder Daily Camera Staff
September 3, 2017 Updated: September 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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CU's leaders stressed in a letter Saturday that DACA students would remain welcome on the university's campuses. In this photo: University of Colorado senior Adrian Mora-Alzacar chants while holding a sign as he and other march in November 2016 (Jeremy Papasso, Boulder Daily Camera Staff Photographer)

The University of Colorado has added its voice to the chorus calling on Congress to find a pathway to allow undocumented students to complete their studies, and announced the school's campuses will continue to admit students "without regard to their immigration status."

That declaration was made in a letter to CU students, faculty and staff posted online Saturday and signed by President Bruce Benson and the chancellors of each of CU's four campuses, including Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano.

It comes as President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday whether he will eliminate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants the ability to work legally in the country and a reprieve from deportation.

There are roughly 17,000 young immigrants in Colorado enrolled in DACA. And there are about 70 undocumented students enrolled at CU's Boulder campus, according to Violeta Chapin, a clinical law professor at CU's law school.

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