The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) expresses deep dismay over today’s decision by the Administration to strip the nation’s 800,000 Dreamers of their DACA status. These young, innocent people were brought to the United States by their parents, who sought a better life for their families. Dreamers have planted roots here as students and young professionals, but as a result of today’s rescission, they will now be forced to become pawns of political maneuvering in Congress. Dreamers have much to contribute socially and economically to our nation, and have not violated the law in any way.
The nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities will make every effort to protect the Dreamers among our students and alumni. On behalf of our member institutions and our network of over 2 million alumni, we ask Congress to protect the status of Dreamers, and their right to stay in the United States, by quickly passing the DREAM Act.