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Statement from Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, regarding DACA announcement

The following information was shared with Creighton students, faculty, and staff on Sept. 5, 2017. 

Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the current administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and phasing it out over the next six months.

Creighton University is committed to supporting our DACA students, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing with them in this time of uncertainty. Any change in the DACA program will not affect our students’ status as members of our community in any way.

In November 2016, I joined presidents from other Jesuit and Catholic institutions nationwide to support undocumented students on our campuses through three public statements regarding the DACA program. The statements were issued by Pomona College, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In August, I signed on to a letter to Gen. John F. Kelly, current White House chief of staff, seeking his support for the nation’s immigrant youth, especially DACA students.

As Catholic and Jesuit, we are committed to upholding the human dignity of each person, strengthening family bonds, and allowing every student the opportunity to maximize her or his God-given talents through higher education. Creighton joins many universities and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling on our public representatives to create a permanent solution through the “Dream Act of 2017” to allow our DACA students the ability to remain in the United States, complete their studies, and continue to contribute meaningfully in our communities.

If you would like more information, Creighton University offers many resources including:

  1. Creighton Immigrant and Refugee Clinic, (402) 280-3068
  2. A confidential advocate in Student Counseling Services, (402) 280-2735
  3. Pastoral accompaniment and advocacy in the Division of Mission and Ministry, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, (402) 280-1293.

For additional information, and to participate in a question-and-answer session for DACA recipients statewide and their allies, you are invited to the College of St. Mary (7000 Mercy Road, Omaha) on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Gross Auditorium.

I understand for some that this is a time of great anxiety and concern. Let us lift our prayers for the individuals affected by today’s announcement and join together as we work toward permanent solutions.

Sincerely,
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ

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