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Statement on DACA from President Michael Victor

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In response to the Trump Administration's action yesterday rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Mercyhurst University President Michael Victor sent the following message to the Mercyhurst community:

"As a university known for its culturally robust campus and commitment to diversity, we pledge our support to all students affected by President Trump’s decision Sept. 5, 2017, to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA benefits an estimated 800,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and, for many, this is the only country they know as home. DACA beneficiaries at Mercyhurst University have been commendable students and their presence has enriched the learning environment for our entire community.

Mercyhurst stands with its founding Sisters of Mercy, the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops and other Catholic organizations in support of compassionate immigration reform. The Sisters of Mercy recognize immigration as one of their five critical concerns and call for “an end to deportations that tear families apart.”

The president's recent action provides a six-month grace period before taking effect. During this time, we intend, and we encourage you, to urge our legislators to seek a long-term remedy that will afford these young people the opportunity to study and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

Mercyhurst University celebrates students of all faiths and backgrounds and remains steadfast in its assurance that 'you are welcome here.'”