McCoy pens Washington Post op-ed

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

“While most American colleges are said to tilt left, I am the president of a liberal arts college in a state that tilts right,” writes D. Mark McCoy, president of DePauw University, in a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday.

“I hear both sides regularly. In today’s echo chambers, that is an uncommon experience. Daily, I have the opportunity to learn from many sides. Our country was founded on such opportunities and the spirited debate they provoke. Such is the case with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program for young immigrants with an uncertain fate.”

President Mark McCoy

Pointing out that the proposed 2001 “Dream Act” had bipartisan support, McCoy states, “At least 95 percent of DACA recipients are employed or in school, and five percent have started their own businesses. Moody’s estimates that five years after the repeal of DACA, the nation’s gross domestic product will be $105 billion less than had the program continued. Social scientists estimate that Dreamers have a lower incarceration rate than native-born Americans. DACA recipients have invested in America, and America has invested substantially in them.”

The DePauw president notes, “I spoke recently to a DACA student I will call Rachel who was brought to this country by her parents when she was two years old to escape a life-threatening situation. Her parents are hard workers and have dedicated their lives to their children, two of whom are citizens and Rachel, who is not. Her grandmother applied for citizenship more than 16 years ago and is still trying. Her parents, for Rachel’s sake, could not wait. The attitude of this family is remarkable.”

McCoy, the father of triplets, asserts, “If my own daughters grow up with her attitude and perseverance, I’ll consider myself lucky indeed. The United States has always been a place for dreamers. As Jack Kennedy’s grandfather said: ‘We are all immigrants. It’s just a matter of a few boats.’”

He concludes, “To want what is best for America is bipartisan. Let’s join together to protect our investment in all dreamers.”

The complete essay, headlined “Let’s not play politics with the lives of dreamers,” is available at the Post’s website.

McCoy was appointed DePauw’s 20th president on March 7, 2016 following a national search. Taking office July 1, 2016, he was inaugurated in October 2016 during ceremonies during Old Gold Weekend.

View 7 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • Nice platitudes and word salad, Mr. McCoy.

    First - DACA is the DEFERRED ACTION for CHILD ARRIVALS. Deferred action means that at some point, the action (deportation) will be taken. These people should be grateful that they are receiving an education and whatever other resources they consume by way of the US taxpayer.

    Deportation b/c they are not "immigrants". They are ILLEGAL aliens - not authorized to be in the country, regardless of how they came to be here. If I sneak my kids into the zoo, should my kids then be allowed to stay b/c it was me that brought them in?

    Your statistics are just plain wrong and can be refuted by others as such with a simple search.

    A great many of these ILLEGALS are in fact criminals (even foregoing illegally crossing the border). Can you please explain to me how your favored criminal class works and files taxes and does all the other things that a citizen or legal resident does as part of American society? Let me help using stolen and/or fraudulent identification.

    I leave it to others to research for themselves the violent crime, drug/alcohol crimes, sex crimes, and other forms of fraud perpetrated by ILLEGAL aliens, including those "covered" under the unconstitutional DACA program.

    It doesn't reflect well to make such obvious misrepresentations when you, as the President of a university, should know better.

    I will admit that I had a great chuckle when you had the gall to reference the Kennedy clan in a quote about your favored criminal class, in speaking (wrongly) about how we are all immigrants. Surely you are aware of the fact that the Kennedy family made their fortunes by bootlegging alcohol (criminal activity) during the Prohibition era.

    It seems that criminal activity doesn't bother you as long as the offender fits your particular worldview.

    -- Posted by AverageWhiteGuy on Wed, Dec 6, 2017, at 2:32 PM
  • We need people in this country that are willing to work hard and contribute to their family and to society. What we don't need are citizens who are able to work but choose not to, instead sitting in their mother's or grandmother's basement playing video games and collecting some kind of shady disability payment. Or worse spending their time abusing pills or other drugs. Lazy people are lazy people whether they are citizens or not. I'd trade hard working "illegals" for lazy non contributing citizens any day.

    -- Posted by erjvh on Wed, Dec 6, 2017, at 6:09 PM
  • ERJVH - In that case you are merely trading one devil for another (the lawless for the lazy), plus you reduce people to "human capital" of an economic system that aligns with big government, of which both are antithetical to individual freedom as cherished and promulgated by our Founders.

    A better solution to your problem would be to cut of the spigot of "assistance" to everyone - legal or illegal - and make people accountable to themselves. Charity is the purview of the Church, not government.

    “I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

    ― Benjamin Franklin

    -- Posted by AverageWhiteGuy on Thu, Dec 7, 2017, at 12:50 PM
  • Your presumption that all people who immigrate to this country illegally are "lawless" is erroneous. That rationale would make anyone who broke any law, even if only once, lawless.

    And Mr. Franklin was right, we can lead the poor out of poverty, we just have to open our borders and change our immigration law to allow them to be led. That is the story of America, people coming here from other lands and working hard to have a better life, and in the process making America a better place. Lazy, but "legal" citizens are not making America a better place.

    -- Posted by erjvh on Thu, Dec 7, 2017, at 2:21 PM
  • Average White Guy, I am a rock solid right wing Christian republican. Just the sort of guy you probably are. You conveniently leave the "word search" and research of all the "violent" crimes the DACA and other "illegals" commit to "us". Is that because you are merely repeating the diatribe fed to you by the "Right wing" talking heads? If you would do just a little research you would find that the undocumented people in the United States are not on the public assistance "spigot", they do not qualify for any assistance. They are not citizens, therefore do not qualify for any assistance from any state of federal programs. We do however generally feed the children in school if they are not too afraid to go. One point that I do agree with you on, charity is the preview of the "Church". That Church is you and me, the people. If you should find that you ever need assistance, and I pray that you do not, I hope you find a kinder response than you have offered.

    -- Posted by coy_john on Thu, Dec 7, 2017, at 3:06 PM
  • ERJVH - Your argument is to parse the word "lawless"? ILLEGAL aliens (those people who are not citizens that are in the country ILLEGALLY) are by very definition breaking the law. If they are working and "paying taxes" then they are doing so illegally. If they are driving, they are doing so illegally. Nearly every act done while they are here is illegal. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

    Coy_John - You have erroneously described both of us. If by "rock solid right wing" you imply you are a conservative, you are not. You may call yourself a Christian, but I would say otherwise b/c socialist/leftist Christianity is merely socialism with the false veneer of Christianity. And I haven't claimed the Republican party for a number of years. That you do speaks for itself. I am a Christian. I am am American. I am an educated conservative.

    I left it to the reader due to my own time constraints & it is often found that if you present facts to people they will accept or deny them based on their own current biases before considering the information. If someone takes the time to do actual research, the information they gather gains value to them.

    However, to help you along, here is one site that has lots of statistics on the issue:

    As for your misinformation about illegals not getting public assistance, you might want to read this:

    These are only two references, although I am sure that you will quickly try to debunk their findings b/c it doesnt fit your narrative. If you want the truth, there are plenty more out there.

    As for charity, you missed my point entirely. The government has no business being in the charity/assistance business. Forced charity is not charity, it is theft and redistribution. Let the poor come before the church and in humility & gratitude ask for assistance and not feel entitled to it.

    -- Posted by AverageWhiteGuy on Thu, Dec 7, 2017, at 4:09 PM
  • well said AverageWhiteGuy!

    -- Posted by landstarrang on Thu, Dec 7, 2017, at 4:54 PM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: