Christopher Eisgruber, Brad Smith and Maria Perales Sánchez on the steps of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination

Nov. 12, 2019 2:39 p.m.
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Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber, 2018 alumna María Perales Sánchez, and Microsoft President and 1981 alumnus Brad Smith attended the hearing Nov. 12 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In a this week, Eisgruber and Smith explained why their institutions are fighting for DACA, writing:

“Talent, from every source and background, is the lifeblood of innovation. As the presidents of Microsoft and Princeton University, we have seen firsthand how participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program contribute to our institutions and our country. Standing up for DACA students is not only the right thing to do morally, it is also the right thing to do competitively.”

In this , Perales Sánchez, who graduated from Princeton in 2018, speaks about what it would mean to have a permanent solution for DACA recipients, who are also known as Dreamers.

"[A permanent resolution] would mean having control over my life, which I think is a basic human right to be able to have some kind of control over your life," said Perales Sánchez, who also spoke about the case in an .

The DACA program permits undocumented students who arrived in the country as children to obtain protection from deportation, allowing them to continue their studies or work in the United States.

Princeton has been a leading voice among higher education regarding immigration issues. President Christopher L. Eisgruber joined hundreds of colleges and universities in issuing a, and he advocated for the continuation of the DACA program in an  to President Donald Trump. Eisgruber also urged members of Congress to pass legislation that would provide legal status for immigrants living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status.  

This spring, Eisgruber and higher education leaders across New Jersey sent a letter to the state’s Congressional delegation about the obstacles their institutions face in attracting and retaining international faculty, students and staff. Princeton also expressed concern for international students who continue to be impacted by governmental delays in approving Optional Practical Training (OPT) for employment and internships in the United States.