Statement by Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president, University of Notre Dame

by Notre Dame News

University of Notre Dame

I was encouraged to learn today that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will continue to respect Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. They include DACA students who have been admitted to Notre Dame, thrived here, and whom the University fully supports.

We welcome this development, yet remain concerned that other undocumented members of our communities are treated fairly and compassionately. We call on our leaders to recognize that, throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have immeasurably enriched us culturally and have been the lifeblood of our economic vitality.