With pledges of support for students who would be affected by President Donald Trump's decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaders of Rhode Island colleges are protesting what they depict as a blow against educational opportunity and diversity.

In a joint letter to the Brown University community, that school's president, provost and vice president for campus life and student services criticized the president's decision in strong terms, describing it as "shortsighted and in direct and flagrant conflict with this nation's commitment to education and ... the bold aspirations of our talented youth."

Brown President Christina Paxson, Provost Richard...

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