Catholic leaders ask Trump administration to protect DACA students

Posted at 4:35 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 19:16:20-04

Catholic leaders across the United States are forming a united front, asking President Donald Trump to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

Dreamers, as they were called, were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and are undocumented. 

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, is among dozens of leaders of Catholic colleges and universities who signed a letter to Trump.

Until the Trump Administration, DACA students were low on a list people who could be deported. They were free to pursue an education and a career. Now, many DACA students are living in fear that Trump could sign an executive order eliminating their protections. 

"Actually I have the great honor of having employees and students from all over the world, some of them in DACA status. And I tell you what makes the United States great here on this Memorial Day weekend is that out of many -- one. And the unity that we have, even though we have many diverse gifts and backgrounds, this is what makes our land great,” Swetland said.

The Catholic leaders want Trump to reassure Dreamers that he will not have them deported. They also want the president to develop comprehensive immigration reform so that Dreamers and their families can live safe, full lives in our country.

The presidents of Rockhurst University and Avila University were on the list of Catholic higher-education officials who signed the letter to the Trump Administration.

Read the letter below: