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N.H. Universities Speak Out on Trump's DACA Decision

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Colleges and universities in New Hampshire are reacting to President Trump’s decision to end the immigration policy known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Under the program, undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors are protected from deportation, as long as they are enrolled in school or serving in the U.S. military.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon says he is deeply disappointed in the decision to end the program. In a statement, he says the college will do everything in its power, within the bounds of law, to protect students who are affected.

Keene State College Interim President Melinda Treadwell says she’s also deeply disappointed. She says Keene State remains committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Statements from Southern New Hampshire UniversityUNH, and the New Hampshire College and University Council all express support for continuing the program and a desire for Congress to come up with a solution.

It's unclear how many of the estimated 400 immigrants protected by DACA in New Hampshire are students.

They could face deportation as early as next March.

This story has been updated as more universities have released statements on DACA.

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