Jan. 31, 2018

January 31, 2018: DACA Support

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Creighton University students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide effort to call members of Congress concerning the Dream Act and DACA. 

Last September, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the current administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. As a result, beginning on March 5, it is estimated that 800,000 people will be stripped of their DACA status. 

I urge our students, faculty, and staff to make their voices heard on this critically important issue. Tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Creighton will host a calling bank by the fireplace inside the Skutt Student Center – joining several other Jesuit colleges and universities that are hosting similar campaigns. 

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Creighton University firmly believes in the dignity of all people and the promotion of social justice. We stand firm with our fellow Jesuit colleges and universities in urging Congress to protect the status of Dreamers, and their right to stay in the United States. The Catholic bishops also have long supported these immigrant youths and their families, who make meaningful contributions to our universities and communities. 

Again, 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. 

Sincerely, 

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ