Ask Congress to Protect DACA Students
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) encourages all alumni, students, faculty, staff and administrators of the nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities to contact their members of Congress and ask for their support to protect DACA students.
Among the 800,000 undocumented individuals protected by the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are students at Jesuit institutions. Without protection, they will be forced to leave the United States after the program's expiration on March 5, 2018.
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. Visit acenet.edu to learn more.
Jesuit Institutions Advocate for Dreamers
AJCU and Jesuit institutions have long been at the forefront of advocacy for undocumented 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).
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)
- 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)
- 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.