In the face of the incoming Trump administration's pledge to crack down on illegal immigration, more than 70 leaders in Catholic higher education have signed a statement of solidarity with undocumented students and urging special protection for those who arrived in this country as children.
In the statement, the leaders referenced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was launched in 2012 by the Obama administration.
"We, the undersigned presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, express hope that the students in our communities who have qualified for DACA are able to continue their studies without interruption and that many more students in their situation will be welcome to contribute their talents to our campuses," read the statement.
Dominican University President Donna Carroll, an outspoken advocate for undocumented students, is a signatory to the statement.
The Washington Post covered this initiative. Read the whole story here.