UD, DSU presidents back Obama policy to delay deportations

Immigration activists demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington earlier this year in support of President Barack Obama's executive order to grant relief from deportation in order to keep immigrant families together. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Immigration activists demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington earlier this year in support of President Barack Obama's executive order to grant relief from deportation in order to keep immigrant families together. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The presidents of Delaware’s two public universities are backing a federal policy that delays deportation for people who are in the country illegally.

Delaware State News reports both University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis and Delaware State University President Harry Williams have signed a petition that urges President-elect Donald Trump to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The policy was adopted by the Obama administration in 2012 regarding children brought into the country illegally. Those who meet certain guidelines are eligible to avoid deportation for two years.

The two-year period can be renewed, and participants also can gain a work permit through the program.

Assanis and Williams are among more than 550 university officials from around the nation who’ve signed the petition.

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