PGCC Urges Trump Administration to Uphold DACA: A Statement from Dr. Charlene Dukes

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Prince George’s Community College is a diverse institution dedicated to ensuring that all students are afforded every opportunity to succeed and achieve their educational goals. The college serves students who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program that offers temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. 

Many of these students represent humble beginnings and are able to excel despite the odds. These students work; they have families to support; they are career changers; they are single parents; and they are heads of households. Their pursuit of education is a symbol of hope and promise.

We believe the opportunity to pursue education is everyone’s right. We strongly urge the Trump Administration to sustain the DACA program as it provides a much-needed lifeline for the “Dreamers,” who benefit from it, to live and work in this state and this country on a renewable, two-year basis. Since its inception five years ago, the program has allowed nearly 800,000 young men and women nationwide to support their families, attend college, become homeowners, and pursue their dreams. (Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

DACA students need all we can give them to compete at colleges and universities and become productive and contributing members of communities. Prince George’s Community College is dedicated to keeping our programs aligned with the changing economy and the needs of our community, including the undocumented youth who arrived in the United States as minors. They need our support, and we need the support of the Trump Administration to ensure continuance and expansion of the program. 

We stand with students who are beneficiaries of this worthwhile program. We are committed to continuing to provide equitable paths for our students to realize their dreams.

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes


Prince George’s Community College