Dear Stanford GSB Community,
A few days ago, I returned from India, where we launched a new Stanford Seed program to support the growth of entrepreneurial businesses and foster economic development. It was a wonderful reminder of the power and responsibility of Stanford GSB to make a positive difference in the lives of people and communities across the world.
Unfortunately, I returned to the profound disappointment of yesterday’s DACA announcement. Yesterday’s action was a harsh decision that puts at risk the dreams of many in this country, including directly affected members of the Stanford community who now face trepidation and uncertainty over their immigration prospects.
Last week, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne wrote to President Trump, clearly and forcefully reiterating Stanford’s support for DACA and the Dream Act.
“DACA has enabled thousands of promising students to contribute to our country’s future. These young people are already full-fledged members of our communities but, through no fault of their own face uncertain futures due to their immigration status. They have met DACA’s strict criteria, have records of academic achievement and community involvement, and have contributed to our economy. At Stanford, we have seen first-hand that investing in their education is an investment in our country’s future, as they apply their talents to strengthening our society and to driving economic growth. In keeping with our deeply held American values, they deserve the opportunity to have legal resident status and to flourish in our society.”
I want to reaffirm that we at Stanford GSB stand with President Tessier-Lavigne and the broader Stanford community in support of the DREAMers who want to make a positive difference in the U.S., the only country many DREAMers have ever known. I also want to share with you the statement issued yesterday by the university. It urges Congress to act expeditiously in providing them with permanent legal residence and a path to citizenship. Our country has historically welcomed people yearning to breathe free, and we should do right by that ideal.
Finally, I want to emphasize for any members of our community who are directly affected by the latest decision that we stand with you, we want to hear from you, and we will work in every possible way to support you. I also call your attention to the university webpage listing available resources and the invaluable Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the Stanford Law School, which is an extraordinary resource for the Stanford community.
Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean
Stanford Graduate School of Business