President Gormley's Statement on DACA
As I'm sure you're aware, on Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which offers protection to hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. The President has strongly urged members of Congress to take action on this issue, within six months, in order to enact legislation directly addressing the status of these "Dreamers" to achieve a long-term solution.
Earlier this year, I spoke out in support of DACA when I joined more than 600 college and university presidents in signing a letter backing the continuation of that program. I said then - and I continue to believe - that supporting this program is a strong expression of our Spiritan history and identity. This University, nearly 140 years ago, was founded to assist recent immigrants and to provide new opportunities to them and their families through the power of education. We continue to believe in the value and importance of such opportunities.
While Duquesne does not currently have any DACA students enrolled, we recognize that changes to this program may impact our campus community in the future, and more importantly may have an immediate impact on nearly 1 million young people who have grown up in this country and share the American dream. As Bishop David Zubik, our distinguished alumnus, stated so eloquently a few days ago, "[These young people] have grown up here. They share our language, they share our values, and they share their gifts and talents with us, their neighbors."
As we continue to support a reasonable approach to immigration, I hope that you will join me in contacting your own Congressional representatives and urge them to find a permanent, positive and compassionate solution to this ongoing challenge. At stake as elected officials weigh their options is the future of thousands of talented young men and women who - like our own forebears who came to this country years ago and helped to build great institutions like Duquesne - are eager to make lasting contributions, if given the opportunity.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.