The University of Washington says that President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program won't affect financial aid for Dreamer students, according to an announcement posted by UW president Ana Mari Cauce today.
Cauce also said that the university supports legal actions to maintain the program, including the promise from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson that he would sue the president if Trump ended DACA.
Cauce further sought to reassure DACA students that they would have some degree of protection on campus.
"Our long-standing policies do not permit immigration officials to enter UW classrooms or residence halls without a court order," Cauce wrote. "Additionally, the UWPD does not and will not inquire about immigration status when they detain, question or otherwise interact with people. And Seattle and King County officials have affirmed that local law enforcement will continue their policy barring officers from asking about immigration status."
The notice posted by Cauce added that new state legislation would be introduced in the fall in order to continue providing financial aid to DACA students.
"Our values as a University are clear and will not waver," Cauce wrote. "To you, our DACA Dreamers, I stand with you, UW’s leaders stand with you and your University stands with you."