Dear members of the SI family,
Yesterday, President Trump and Attorney General Sessions announced that they are rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). That program has protected 780,000 undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. as infants or children.
Following this action, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the US Jesuit Conference issued statements yesterday condemning this action. The U.S. Bishops noted that "the cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans."
The SI community stands with all in the Church who oppose the President's action. We join the growing chorus of protest and ask you to contact your representatives in Congress to call upon them to act with compassion as well as justice.
As our Catholic, Christian and Jesuit heritage makes clear, all women and men are our brothers and sisters, and we are all called to serve these members of our extended family, especially the most vulnerable. In 1973, Jesuit General Pedro Arrupe, S.J., proclaimed the following to all Jesuit alumni: "Men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce."
We urge you to take action by clicking on this link. Keep all the Dreamers in your prayers and look for opportunities to help wherever you can. Thank you for living out the words of our mission and being men and women of conscience and compassion.
Edward A. Reese, S.J., President
Patrick M. Ruff, Principal
St. Ignatius College Preparatory