Dear PNACAC Members,
During this time of uncertainty the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is joining many organizations in denouncing President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order from Friday, January 27, 2017. This Executive Order bans “entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, [barring] Syrian refugees indefinitely, and [blocking] entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.” PNACAC stands by our members and the students and families they serve regardless of age, gender, sex, race, color, country of origin, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or disability.
For our PNACAC members who work with refugee populations, including students from these seven countries, PNACAC wants you to know that we stand beside you, both as a resource during this unsettling time and as an ally and advocate. We support the work you do, the change you are making one student at a time, and we honor the commitment you have to your profession.
We also recognize the many students in our five state affiliate region who are living in a state of uncertainty regarding additional immigration changes either as refugees, international students or undocumented students. PNACAC will continue to do the work of educating our membership and representatives so that they know we are in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order.
We encourage our members to reach out to their Congressional representatives and senators to make your voices heard in support of our students and communities. You can find the contact information for your Representatives here (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/) and your Senators here (https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/).
PNACAC will continue to partner with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (you can read the NACAC statement on the Executive Order here) and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (you can read the IACAC statement here) to advocate for our members and the students and families we serve.Andrea Frangi, PNACAC President
Robbie Cupps, PNACAC President-Elect
Josh Richie, PNACAC Past-President