Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity > Immigrants & Refugees > DePaul's Statements
Dear DePaul Community,
Today President Trump announced that he is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation. Since 2012, DACA has allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, including some of our DePaul students, to receive temporary work authorization and protection from deportation.
While the immediate effects of this change in immigration policy are not known, I will reiterate and pledge my support to a message that DePaul administrators have shared with you in the past: DePaul has always welcomed students regardless of their citizenship status, and we will maintain an unwavering commitment to undocumented students who choose this university for their education.
As part of that commitment, we will continue working with community organizations to encourage a legislative solution for immigration reform. DePaul's Undocumented Student Working Group will continue seeking methods of support for undocumented students, a task that has gained more urgency in light of today’s presidential action.
DePaul also will continue to make available extensive resources to assist if you have questions or know of students who are uncertain about the implications of their legal status.
Our students affected by DACA are fine young people trying to survive a challenging situation not of their own making. They are as much a part of Chicago as any students, and they deserve a chance to fully contribute to our culture and economy. The experience my wife and I had immigrating to the United States is evidence of the transformative power of education and the good that comes from providing support to students through trying life circumstances. I encourage the U.S. government to find a permanent solution that helps these students realize the American dream.
As always, thank you for your care for DePaul and this community.
Respectfully,A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D.President