Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow has endorsed federal legislation that would allow unauthorized immigrant students to apply for legal residency in the United States.
In a letter to US Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown (a Tufts graduate) this week, Bacow said he backed the so-called Dream Act because thousands of worthy students are facing limited prospects after high school, since they are ineligible to work and apply for government financial aid.
“The results are psychologically and emotionally devastating for over 65,000 students every year,” he wrote, citing national estimates.
Bacow joins presidents at Harvard, Brown, Stanford and other universities in endorsing the act. Somerville Movement of Dreamers, a student group that includes Tufts and other schools, had lobbied him to endorse the measure, which is pending in the US Senate.
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