Washington D.C., May 24, 2017 / 19:02 pm
In the wake of increased government crackdown on immigration, a letter was sent to the Department of Homeland Security voicing Catholic support for programs promoting deferred deportation.
"As leaders of Catholic colleges and universities, we are dedicated to educating students from all backgrounds," read the May 23 statement with over 65 signatures from presidents of Catholic colleges throughout the U.S.
"In keeping with this commitment, many of our institutions are home to young men and women who are undocumented and have met the criteria for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We are deeply concerned about the futures of our undocumented students."
The letter was addressed to John Kelly, secretary of the DHS. It requested that he meet with leaders of Catholic colleges to discuss greater involvement and understanding of current immigration policies aimed at protecting undocumented migrants with no criminal activity.