Dear Members of the Rosemont College Community,
As you may have seen in the news, yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through a phased “wind-down process.”
DACA allows individuals who entered the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday to register to remain in the country and be eligible for work or study permits. Since 2012, about 800,000 young people (often known as “Dreamers”) have freely come forward to register with the government through this program.
While many intricate details remain to be announced by lawmakers, this decision will affect some of our students and many throughout our community in various ways. Rosemont College firmly believes that DACA should be renewed to protect all recipients who would be at risk of deportation without its protection.
We will continue to take all steps necessary so that our students can pursue their educational goals here at Rosemont College, including thorough protection and privacy of all students. In accordance with our mission of “persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion,” Rosemont will continue to support our own students as well as the initiatives and statements made by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
In these difficult times, we have many supportive faculty, administrators, and staff as well as on-campus services for students who might be impacted by this decision.
We cannot predict whether lawmakers will act or not, but there is much that each of us can choose to do each day on campus. First, we can trust in and revere the dignity of each person within our community who may be vulnerable. We can protect others’ privacy. We can support the efforts of nonprofit organizations serving immigrants. We can contact our own legislators and advocate on behalf of immigrants. Finally, we all can extend our hands in friendship to Dreamers and their families, as well as to all newcomers, immigrants, and refugees at Rosemont College as well as in our home communities.
Be assured, we will do whatever we can to protect all our students and we will continue to update the campus as we learn more in the weeks and months ahead.