Joining more than 400 college and university presidents from around the nation as well as more than 60 leaders in Catholic higher education, Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban is supporting the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
DACA was authorized in 2012 as a presidential executive action and protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Approximately 700,000 who came to the U.S. as children signed up for the program which, in exchange for registering with the federal government grants a temporary relief from the prospect of deportation and a two-year renewable work permit. President-elect Trump has expressed plans to discontinue the program.
The "Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students," which was signed by more than 400 college and university presidents, asserts that "DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded." The statement also notes that "This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future."
The "Statement from Leaders in Catholic Education" cites "a long history of educating students from a diverse array of socioeconomic, geographical, and ethnic backgrounds, often welcoming those on society's margins, especially immigrants and underprivileged populations." It also notes that "Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability," and expresses "hope" that those who have qualified for DACA "are able to continue their studies without interruption and that many more in their situations will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses."
In addition to the expressions of solidarity and hope, the statement from leaders in Catholic higher education promises support: "Undocumented students need assistance in confronting legal and financial uncertainty and in managing the accompanying anxieties. We pledge to support these students—through our campus counselling and ministry support, through legal resources from those campuses with law schools and legal clinics, and through whatever other services we may have at our disposal."
Read about "A Statement from Leaders in Catholic Education" in the
Washington Post, which includes the full text of the statement as well
as a list of signatories.
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