Loyola University New Orleans Statement on DACA Rescission

Dear Loyola community,

Loyola University New Orleans values diversity in all forms, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to our community. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, it is our mission to provide all students with access to a high-quality college education regardless of the journey that has led them to our campus.

Today, the White House announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA, program, a federal government program that allows people brought to the U.S. illegally as children the temporary right to live, study, and work legally in America without fear of deportation.

Beneficiaries of the DACA program are known as “Dreamers” because the program has allowed hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to pursue the American dream.

The decision to end DACA threatens students who are citizens in every way, except their immigration status. Most were brought to America by their parents through no choice of their own and have grown up in our communities, attended our schools, served in our military, and are obtaining an education so that they can make a difference in the world.

We join with many of  our fellow Jesuit colleges and universities in expressing disappointment in the administration’s decision to terminate the DACA program and in hoping that Congress will swiftly act in a bipartisan manner to approve legislation that encompasses our strong belief in caring for all of our brothers and sisters.

With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.