MAINTAIN DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) Sign-On Letter for Educators in the Ignatian Network

From Christopher Kerr, Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network
 
I am writing with an invitation specifically for educators at Jesuit institutions to stand with young people as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) faces threats from petitions for its termination. As you may know the Department of Justice has received petitions from a number of state governors and attorneys general calling for the immediate termination of the DACA program. As you know, the DACA program has provided access to hundreds of thousands of young people, including many at Jesuit institutions.
 
In partnership with the Jesuit Conference's Office of Justice and Ecology, ISN has initiated a letter addressed to John F. Kelly, former DHS Secretary and current White House chief of staff, who is a Catholic, which calls upon the Administration to "maintain DACA as an essential program for the well being of young people and our communities." The letter lifts up Catholic Bishop Joe S. Vásquez's recent statement in support of young immigrants who are part of the DACA program. 
 
Currently, more than 140 educators at Jesuit institutions have signed the letter including the presidents of sixteen Jesuit universities and a number of secondary and middle school institutions. 
 
Please note that the letter is open to any educator at a Jesuit institution — faculty and administrators. The letter will be sent to the White House toward the end of this month.