January 30, 2017

St. Catherine University stands in solidarity against executive order on immigration

St. Catherine University stands with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) statement of opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

The ACCU Statement:

As the voice of Catholic higher education, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expresses its strong opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy. We stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations that recognize the moral obligation of our country to assist migrants, particularly those who are fleeing any kind of persecution.

In referring to the order’s halt of refugee admissions, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, stated, "We believe that now more than ever, welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope. …We will work vigorously to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed in collaboration with Catholic Charities, without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans, and to ensure that families may be reunified with their loved ones." (Read Bishop Vasquez’s full statement online.)

Pope Francis has said that “authentic hospitality is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.” As ACCU gathers this weekend in Washington, DC to celebrate the value of diversity within Catholic higher education, we reaffirm the commitment of our institutions to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments that embrace people of all faiths and cultures. Catholic higher education was founded precisely to serve the children of Catholic immigrants who in their own time were excluded from higher education. This is a legacy that we proudly pledge to continue.

President ReBecca Roloff ’76 MBA, reiterated a message she made to the University community in December...”we welcome students of all backgrounds, and regardless of national or ethnic origin. Each of you has and will have a place in this University community. This is as true now as when our founders welcomed the daughters of immigrants in 1905. Let us all hold on to the thought that each of us does belong, and because we do, we are in a position to notice those who may feel left out for whatever reason.”