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US Catholic college presidents call for continuation of program allowing undocumented immigrant students

November 30, 2016

More than 70 presidents of American Catholic colleges and universities have joined in a public statement of support for students from families of undocumented immigrants, saying that these students should be allowed to complete their studies.

The statement, issued by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, calls for continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, launched by the Obama administration in 2012. The program offers protection for students who came to the country as children. President-elect Donald Trump has said that he would end such programs.

“Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability,” the educational leaders note. They express their “hope that the students in our communities who have qualified for DACA are able to continue their studies without interruption and that many more students in their situation will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses.”

The statement is signed by dozens of college and university presidents, including Father Peter Donohue of Villanoia, John Garvey of Catholic University, Father Dennis Holtschneider of DePaul, Father William Leahy of Boston College, and Father Joseph McShane of Fordham.

 
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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Dec. 02, 2016 4:10 PM ET USA

    It's hard lesson to learn but sometimes life isn't fair. You were set up by an over-reaching imperial president. He's the one who put you in this situation. But then, that's the story of your life. Two wrongs and all that. Sorry, it's not incumbent on the next president to make good on promises the current one had no authority to make.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 30, 2016 7:20 PM ET USA

    A lot about violence and instability but no facts. Most came here illegally for economic reasons. Which is ok but do it legally. Finish what you have but accept no more.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 30, 2016 7:20 PM ET USA

    A lot about violence and instability but no facts. Most came here illegally for economic reasons. Which is ok but do it legally. Finish what you have but accept no more.