SLU Stands with Catholic and Jesuit Universities in Supporting Undocumented Students
Saint Louis University President Fred P. Pestello has joined dozens of Catholic higher
education leaders across the country who have pledged to support undocumented students
in national statements of solidarity released Nov. 30.
A statement from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) included 27 U.S. institutions, while more than 70 presidents signed a separate statement
from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).
The ACCU statement reads, in part: “Our college and university communities are home
to students from around the world who seek to contribute to American society, to the
life and mission of the Church, and to their own formation and growth by pursuing
undergraduate and graduate degrees.”
The AJCU statement notes: “Grounded in our Catholic and Jesuit mission, we are guided
by our commitment to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good
of our nation, and to promote a living faith that works for justice. We see our work
of teaching, scholarship and the formation of minds and spirits as a sacred trust.”
In addition to emphasizing the institutions’ faith-based missions, both statements
express support for a federal policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA), which allows certain immigrants who came to the United States before the age
of 16 to apply for protection from deportation and a work permit.