Statement on Repeal of DACA Program

September 5, 2017

Dear DU Community:
Today, the U.S. government repealed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, jeopardizing the well-being and future prospects of approximately 800,000 undocumented youth in our country. This action strikes at the heart of the Dominican community, which welcomes almost 100 Dreamers annually and views their safety as a human right.
With or without DACA, Dominican University will continue to support its undocumented students. As stipulated in our Sanctuary Campus statement, and reinforced by the Village of River Forest Welcoming Resolution and the Illinois Trust Act, we will promote academic success and access, provide financial aid, as possible, and ensure that our campus is a welcoming and safe environment for students.
Support services are available to ‎all Dominican students through the Dean of Student's Office and the Wellness Center. In addition, beginning today at 11:30 a.m. and every Tuesday throughout the semester, University Ministry will host an open space for prayer in its office (Mazzuchelli North 298).  Also, the Office of Financial Aid will work individually with students to address the impact of the repeal of DACA on student employment. For more information, legal referrals, and community support services, please visit the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Lewis 216) or check the website.
Since its enactment by the ‎Office of Homeland Security in 2012, the DACA program has provided hundreds of thousands of talented young women and men, who lack documentation, with a temporary reprieve from deportation and the legal authorization to work in the United States.  A recent survey indicates that 59% of DACA recipients reported getting their first job, 45% received a pay increase, 49% opened their first bank account, and 33% got their first credit card through their participation in the DACA program. That, too, is our students' experience --- and has been the foundation for a hopeful future.
The Dominican University community stands in solidarity with its undocumented students, their families and their communities. ‎We view the repeal of DACA as unjust and shortsighted.  And, we urge the passage of the bipartisan Dream Act as a permanent legislative solution.
Donna M. Carroll
Dominican University