September 5, 2017
Dear CSB and SJU Communities,
In light of today’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we write to restate that our Catholic and Benedictine values call us to respect, protect and support all members of our community.
Consistent with our Catholic and Benedictine mission, and indicated in prior communications regarding DACA, we are committed to the dignity of every person, hospitality, Catholic social justice teachings and the importance of community. We work to secure and facilitate educational opportunities for the most vulnerable among us. Both our founding and our history has been predicated on supporting first generation and immigrant students, regardless of their immigration status, as well as other underrepresented groups.
We have previously made public our support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (https://www.pomona.edu/news/2016/11/21-college-university-presidents-call-us-uphold-and-continue-daca). In light of today’s announcement, we also will work with members of our Congressional delegation to impress upon them the value and importance of legislation to make the policies in the DACA executive order permanent in law.
We reaffirm, for every student we serve, our shared Catholic, Benedictine and liberal arts identity and our commitment to practicing Benedictine hospitality and extending an ecumenical welcome to all who enter the intellectual community as persons of principle and seekers of truth.
Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D.
President, College of Saint Benedict
Michael Hemesath, Ph.D.
President, Saint John's University