South Bend, Ind., Aug 27, 2013 / 10:04 am
Citing the U.S. bishops' support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept qualified undocumented students who apply for undergraduate admission.
"In many ways, Notre Dame is itself a university of immigrants," university spokesman Dennis Brown told CNA Aug. 26.
"While the legal circumstances are certainly different, we have a long and proud history of educating the marginalized and least among us. This is a central component of Church teaching and our mission as a Catholic university."
Brown acknowledged that the status of immigrants is "a contentious issue" in the U.S. and many will not agree with the new policy.