Benedictine responds to DACA announcement

September 5, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ On Tuesday, September 5, the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a program that had protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday and has formally rescinded the Obama administration DACA policy. The Trump administration announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work, study and live in the U.S.

As written in The Ten Hallmarks of Benedictine Education, we are guided to extend hospitality to every member of the educational community, and especially to those new and/or coming from other traditions. The larger Catholic community also believes the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program will unfairly hurt immigrant youth who are seeking to reach their full God-given potential and fulfill the promise of giving back to the only country most have ever known.

Our University will continue to be a welcoming place for all students, regardless of immigration status. We join with Catholic leaders and university presidents to urge Congress, as they examine the implications of today's DACA rescindment, to implement protections for immigrant students so that they may pursue education and a life within the United States.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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