Ignatian Solidarity Network

Jesuit University Education Deans Speak Out for DACA Recipients

BY ISN STAFF | January 29, 2018

The academic deans of schools or departments at all twenty-eight U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities have issued a statement in support of  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The statement was shared in the form of an op-ed published in The Hill today, written by Shane P. Martin, Ph.D., dean of Loyola Marymount University School of Education, who wrote on behalf of twenty-seven other colleagues, all members of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Conference of Education Deans.

“Deporting these young people just as they are poised to make strong contributions to this country — after investing so many resources to educate them in our public schools — is poor public policy and not in the public interest,” said the statement.

Today’s statement is just one of many from the Jesuit network since President Trump took office in January 2017 regarding the situation of undocumented young people, including DACA recipients. Just prior to the September 5 announcement of the termination of the DACA program by the Trump administration, over 1,200 educators in Jesuit higher and secondary education called on President Trump to reconsider his then-pending decision regarding DACA. In late September 2017, the student government presidents of the AJCU schools showed their support for their DACA-recipient peers studying at Jesuit institutions. In late October, Father Michael Sheeran, S.J., president of AJCU, made a direct plea to Jesuit-educated members of Congress to respond to the situation of undocumented young people during a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Dream Act.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network has mobilized tens of thousands of advocates to call for humane immigration policies, including calling for the passage of the Dream Act of 2017, which would provide access to a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented young people with temporary immigration status.

The full statement by the education deans can be found here. To call on Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017, click here.

Jesuit college and high schools listen to José Arnulfo Cabrera, a Xavier University senior and DACA recipient during a rally on Capitol rally on Capitol Hill in November 2017.