Interim President Rinehart Statement on DACA

September 7, 2017

A statement from Cardinal Stritch University Interim President Kathleen A. Rinehart, J.D.

Cardinal Stritch University joins other colleges and universities in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and across the country to express a sense of deep disappointment in the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For the University, this level of disappointment has only served to strengthen our institutional resolve to support all in our immigrant community, especially those who, despite their undocumented status, have collectively reflected the better angels of our nature through their educational pursuits, their working lives, and their positive daily impact on the communities in which they reside. 

The University, which unequivocally stands with all who overcame so many challenges to build a life in a land of peace, hope and opportunity, now calls on those who count themselves to be the nation’s legislative leaders to immediately step into the breach and alleviate the fear triggered by this decision by taking those steps necessary to ensure the long-term protection of those under DACA by means of an accessible path to citizenship. Cardinal Stritch University, founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, is framed by four Core Values:  Creating a Caring Community, Showing Compassion, Reverencing All of Creation, and Making Peace. These core values must be at the heart of shaping the conversations we have over the next days and weeks to resolve this issue. As St. Francis reminded us: “Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given:  a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” 

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