The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has joined the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States to denounce the separation of families and unjust treatment of migrants at the U.S. southern border; click here to learn more.
Earlier this week, on World Refugee Day, AJCU's president, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., issued a personal statement on the issue. Since then, presidents, faculty and staff at multiple Jesuit institutions issued their own statements, including College of the Holy Cross, Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School's Immigrant Justice Clinic, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, Regis University, Rockhurst University and Santa Clara University. Of note, a number of faculty and administrators at Le Moyne College drew from their immersion experience in the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) to issue a statement demanding action to resolve this crisis.
AJCU also signed on to letters to Congress from the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to call for legislation that protects families at the border, as well as DACA students. As of this morning, the House vote on a "compromise" immigration bill has been delayed to next week; we continue to advocate for a bill that protects Dreamers and provides a path toward citizenship.
We will continue to update our website and share information on our social media and in next week's newsletter. Please send any links to Deanna Howes Spiro, AJCU's director of communications: email@example.com. To find out how you can help migrants during this time of crisis, please click here: Rev. James Martin, S.J. has compiled a comprehensive list of organizations that work directly with refugees including Jesuit Refugee Service / USA and the Kino Border Initiative. Finally, the Ignatian Solidarity Network has issued an action alert to protect immigrant children and families; visit ignatiansolidarity.net to sign on today.
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