Today we learned the disappointing news that President Trump has called for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrant students.
What we know so far:
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept new applications for DACA.
- Those currently enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire.
- Those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by October 5, 2017. DHS will review these applications on a case-by-case basis.
- New applications and renewal requests already received by DHS before today will be reviewed and validated on a case-by-case basis, even those for permits that expire after March 5, 2018.
Congress was given until March 5 to determine any future legislation regarding DACA students. As I did last fall, I stand united with other college and university presidents across this nation and call on our congressional delegation to provide permanent protections for our DACA students.
I realize that this is a stressful and uncertain time. Please know that you are all welcome here. You have a place here. Regardless of national or ethnic origin, each of you has and will continue to have a place in this University community. This is as true now as when our founders welcomed the daughters of immigrants in 1905.
Our students and graduates directly and indirectly impacted by this decision need our leadership. I am calling on the University community to continue being just and caring leaders and influencers — and to help our young women achieve their potential. We must be the safe port in the storm.
We stand with our DACA students and graduates, and will advocate for their education and career opportunities. We've had the privilege to count Dreamers among our outstanding student body — young leaders who generously contribute their talent to other students, St. Kate's and the wider community. They are leaders, scholars, volunteers, caregivers and problem-solvers. Our community and our nation need these women's contributions.
The Sisters of St. Joseph showed us early how to live the social justice vision of the Catholic Faith — to love our dear neighbor without distinction. It's in the very DNA of this institution and is a phenomenal source of strength. Our mission has never been more critical to the future of our families and society.
Please stay tuned for next steps and how we will proceed as a community to support each other and our DACA students and graduates.
In the meantime, resources and support are available to students through Student Affairs and Multicultural & International Programs & Services (MIPS). Faculty and staff can turn to HR and the Employment Assistance Program (EAP).