UH President David Lassner responds to DACA program termination

The University of Hawaiʻi remains steadfast in our commitment to serve all members of our community, regardless of citizenship status. —UH President David Lassner.

David Lassner
David Lassner

The University of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation and others are calling for support of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the announcement by the Trump administration that the program will end in 2018. DACA provides temporary protected status and work authorization to young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. Currently, there are 13 DACA students enrolled for classes in fall 2017 at UH’s 10 campuses.

UH reaffirms commitment to undocumented and all students

UH President David Lassner shared a message on September 5 to students, faculty and staff of the UH campuses.

To our UH System ʻohana,

Today the Attorney General of the United States announced the termination in six months of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The University of Hawaiʻi remains steadfast in our commitment to serve all members of our community, regardless of citizenship status.

Well over four years ago the UH Board of Regents adopted a policy to extend eligibility for resident tuition rates to undocumented students, including but not limited to those who have filed for DACA. I remain on record, with hundreds of my fellow college and university presidents, in public support of DACA. Over the next months we will strengthen our urging of Congress to extend the DACA program and protect the dreamers of our state and our nation.

Our undocumented students are an integral part of our community and will continue to be extended all the rights, privileges and services available to our students, from application through graduation.

The university provides a wide array of support services for all of our students. Students, or others, who experience intimidation or harassment should report it to campus authorities, and those who need assistance coping should reach out to campus support services, such as counseling centers.

As our state’s only public higher education system we have a deep responsibility to provide high-quality affordable education to advance all our people, our communities and our islands. That mission requires that we support and celebrate diversity, respect and caring. We must overcome hate and intolerance even as we support free speech and free expression. It is clear that UH, like universities around the country, is entering uncharted territory. Our clear and firm adherence to our values in challenging times is more essential than ever.

David Lassner


-Read more about President Lassner’s and other responses to DACA program termination at UH System News.