In response to President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl released a statement last week condemning the action.

On Sept. 5, Trump announced the end of the DACA program, enacted by former President Barack Obama, that was designed to allow immigrants who were brought illegally into the country to stay.

An idea similar to DACA was introduced in 2001 and was known as the "DREAM act," resulting in the "Dreamers" moniker for those affected.

In the statement, released by the university, Krendl said the decision to end DACA clashes with Otterbein's values.

"Our students come from all over the United States and from around the world," the statement read. "They come from small towns and big cities and farmlands and suburbs. Though they differ in the color of their skin, income level, gender identity and religious traditions, our students represent the best of diversity and difference."

Jenny Hill, a spokeswoman for university, said she could not say whether any Dreamers currently attend the school, but did not rule out the possibility.

"We do not keep a list of students who fall under this protection, but we are confident we have (Dreamers) who attend Otterbein," she said.

In the statement, Krendl called Dreamers "our neighbors, friends, colleagues and classmates," and said support services are available at the university.

"Otterbein University, in its vision statement, declares a commitment to contribute to the common good, and we also recognize that where we stand matters," she said. "We deplore the action to end DACA, will support our DACA students and unequivocally stand with any of our students who may be impacted."

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