• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 25 comments on President Brown Signs Pro-DACA Open Letter

  1. Amazing news and about time! DACAmented and Undocumented students at BU have to be protected. Students should worry about their next paper, not whether their school will help to get them deported or if they’ll be able to finish their degrees because of their status

  2. Why is it “ok” for people in the US illegally to take a spot (there is no such thing as BU, MIT or Harvard accepting all applying students) that may have gone to a legal US resident or a legal international student? Are the students in the US illegally receiving financial aid that could have gone to a deserving legal US student? While I understand it may be no fault of the student, how is this fair and equitable for everyone?

    1. It isn’t that it’s “ok,” to take a spot. These are children who have the academic records to thrive at BU–it isn’t as if they’re taking spots. Rather giving opportunity to others. Students under DACA don’t qualify for FAFSA.

    2. Because they got better grades in school than you despite almost certainly living under worse socioeconomic conditions, and universities care about that kind of self-motivation. Go study some more, sunshine, and maybe you can take back what is “yours”.

    3. Agree with the comments below. And, what is a “legal international student”? You can’t say they both aren’t residents and can’t be considered international.

    4. Disadvantaged people deserve a chance. It is part of BU philosophy and what makes this a great university. People do not go for free, nor they get grades that they do not deserve. I am very proud of this university, teaching the college students what America is all about. Most of the people who get help from their universities like immigrants are the ones who go into the helping profession making limited income and helping others. I work with immigrants myself, I know.

  3. I am Daca-mented, college 3.8 GPA, business owner, have been able to renew my DACA once and now Im hoping my 2nd renewal is not rejected via executive action. I and others have proved that we are Americans just as you are, this is our home.

  4. For the university not to know how many students are DACA projects poor oversight even though they say they care about DACA. I hope that the administration is doing a more thorough job than the government in performing background checks of students, faculty, etc. (DACA or non-DACA)considering the tragedy that happened in Columbus yesterday. Having a superb campus security is one positive step but campus are viewed by some as breeding or gathering grounds for radicals.

    1. Why would it matter if students have DACA? Bravo to BU for not making them reveal their status if they’re not comfortable. Any “background check” that’s relevant to college admittance would have nothing to do with immigration status – but you’re clearly suggesting that this entire group of people is dangerous. I’m honestly shocked that a BU student (grad? parent?) would generalize in such a way.

  5. BU – the real story here is that DACA is not the answer. it actually PREVENTS these young people from becoming US citizens. It charges $500 to register, every two years, in perpetuity. ( and using the numbers above of 740,000 registrants, generates $370 Million dollars every two years? Is that true? Wow!) If you really cared about these kids as Americans, you would fight to create a path to becoming citizens once they turn 18, so they can VOTE and be part of our country.

    1. What I don’t think they want is for us to have all the citizen resources. Like fafsa which I would’ve gotten 5600 dollars vs 600 that I am getting for school. Eligible for loans, car loans, mortgages with major banks etc
      Which in all honesty I’ve worked enough to pay tuition out of pocket at UTD and never needed a loan. If I could just have a guaranteed job i wouldn’t care if they gave me fafsa or let me get loans. With a job I can pay my rent, food, tuition etc. It’s all I need because I’ve learned to value every penny I earn. I don’t spend on anything that I don’t need to survive.

  6. Way to go BU for supporting this program. I volunteer at a nonprofit that supports immigrant youth, many who apply for DACA, and these are some of the brightest, most interesting, most passionate young people I have ever met, even despite many of their tough circumstances growing up. BU would be lucky to have them on campus. – COM ’09 grad

  7. Thank you President Brown for using your leadership and influence for this matter! I’m proud to be an alum of this great university. Having served hundreds of DACA applicants through my previous work, I’ve witnessed the incredible accomplishments of these bright young people now given new opportunities.

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