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Southeast MO State president issues statement on DACA students

Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. (Source: Southeast MO State University) Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. (Source: Southeast MO State University)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Southeast Missouri State University President Carlos Vargas issued a statement on Wednesday, September 6 regarding DACA students.

In the statement, Vargas called the actions announced at a federal level about DACA students "concerning."

"For many DACA students in our state, Missouri is the only home they know," he said. "They speak English as their primary language; many have graduated from our primary and secondary schools and have the potential to become future business professionals, scientists, health care providers, entrepreneurs and leaders in our state."

Vargas said he stands ready to work alongside elected officials at the federal and state level in support of students.

You can read Southeast President Vargas' full statement below.

"For over 140 years, Southeast Missouri State University has served students from all demographics, nationalities and geographic areas. Each of these students greatly enhances and riches the academic and cultural conversations at our University.  The actions announced this week at the federal level regarding DACA students is concerning.  The ability of these students to pursue their degree carries great significance for them and their families.  For many DACA students in our state, Missouri is the only home they know.  They speak English as their primary language; many have graduated from our primary and secondary schools and have the potential to become future business professionals, scientists, health care providers, entrepreneurs and leaders in our state.  At Southeast “we are one” – a place where everyone is welcome, appreciated and respected.  I stand ready to work alongside our elected officials at both the federal and state levels in support of all of our students to ensure that all individuals that desire to pursue higher education have the means and ability to do so."

President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he loves the "dreamers" who could face deportation but insisted it's up to Congress, not him, to address their plight.

Although his announcement was anticipated, it still left young people covered by the DACA program reeling. Their predicament now shifts to Congress, which had repeatedly tried and failed to pass immigration legislation.

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