Jesuit Institutions Advocate for Dreamers
Among the 800,000 undocumented individuals protected by the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are students at Jesuit institutions. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has been working closely with the American Council on Education (ACE), as a member of the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition, to protect DACA students on our campuses. AJCU encourages all alumni, students, faculty, staff and administrators of the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities to continue contacting their members of Congress and ask for their support to protect DACA students.
The following statements, videos and articles are among the many that have been released over the past few years. Please note: This list will continue to be updated. Send any footage to Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications for AJCU (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AJCU Presidents' Statements on Undocumented Students
AJCU Education Deans Statement on DACA
January 2018 letter signed by Deans of Education at Jesuit colleges and universities (ajcunet.edu)
Op-ed featured in The Hill on January 29, 2018 (thehill.com)
American Council on Education Letter to Speaker Ryan on DACA & Child Separation
June 2018 letter signed by AJCU and higher education associations (download as PDF)
American Council on Education Letter to House & Senate Leadership on DACA
October 2017 letter signed by AJCU and U.S. colleges and universities including Jesuit institutions (download as PDF)
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Letter to Congress on DACA
January 2018 letter signed by AJCU and higher education associations (download as PDF)
National Efforts to Support Dreamers
On Monday, February 26, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a National Call-in Day to Congress in Support of Dreamers. Visit justiceforimmigrants.org to learn more.
On Thursday, February 1, Jesuit colleges and universities participated in the national 'We Support the Dream Act' phone campaign. Students contacted their hometown member of Congress and their two United States Senators, in support of the DREAM Act and DACA. The following schools participated in the campaign (click on names in blue for more information): Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Fordham University, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Louis University, Boston College, Loyola University Maryland, John Carroll University, College of the Holy Cross, Xavier University, Loyola Marymount University, Creighton University, University of Scranton, Gonzaga University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of San Francisco, Regis University, Le Moyne College, and Marquette University.
In January 2018, Regis University president, Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., was one of eight leaders of Colorado colleges and universities to sign a letter of support for undocumented students (KPVI Denver).
Xavier University DACA student, Jose Cabrera, was recently interviewed by WKRC Cincinnati for his perspective on the threats to the DACA program (WKRC Cincinnati).
A group of Loyola Marymount University DACA students were interviewed by Carol Costello of HLN last fall: "Our lives are in Congress' hands" (HLN via Facebook).
In November 2017, a group of Loyola University Chicago medical students were featured on Chicago Tonight, where they discussed the challenges of pursuing a professional degree as undocumented students (Chicago Tonight). More recently, in February 2018, Loyola's undocumented medical students were profiled in The Washington Post.
A meeting between Gonzaga University students who recently visited the Mexican border, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), was featured in The Spokesman-Review of Spokane.
Loyola University Maryland has created a resource page for undocumented students on its admissions website (loyola.edu); the University's student newspaper, the Greyhound, has also reported on initiatives led by Loyola's campus ministry and social justice offices to advocate for DACA students (thegreyhound.org).
The University of Scranton has created an advocacy resource page for the University community to learn more about the DACA program and the Dream Act (scranton.edu/advocacy). Loyola University Chicago has also created an advocacy page with calls to action and personal testimonies to the DACA program from undocumented students (luc.edu/diversity).
The University of San Francisco's president, Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., spoke with KRON4 of San Francisco last fall, about the need to protect undocumented students (KRON4).
In January 2017, the president and vice president for academic affairs at the College of the Holy Cross issued a message to the campus community that reiterated the College's support for undocumented students (holycross.edu).
During AJCU's biannual Congressional Breakfast in October 2017, Georgetown University DACA student Luis Gonzalez shared his story with members of the U.S. Congress and presidents of the nation's Jesuit colleges and universities (ajcunet.edu).
The Ignatian Solidarity Network has collected stories about DACA from Jesuit colleges and universities for its blog series, Voices for Justice (ignatiansolidarity.net).
CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) has created an infographic with the latest news on DACA for Dreamers (twitter.com/cliniclegal).
Photos on this page provided by Loyola Marymount University.