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DePaul’s Support for DACA Students

A letter from A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., to the university community in regard to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Feb. 26, 2018

On Feb. 21, Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich shared a statement to invite participation today in a National Call-in Day for Dreamers and to urge legislators to address the fast-approaching deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. I support Cardinal Cupich’s initiative and ask that you consider participating, if you so choose.  

Please consider making a call to your member of Congress.  You can find your representative on this website.  You can find Cardinal Cupich’s statement below.

The era of uncertainty around DACA continues.  Each of the meetings during my recent visit to Capitol Hill included DACA at the top of the agenda.

I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm that DePaul has always welcomed students regardless of their citizenship status. We will maintain an unwavering commitment to undocumented students who choose this university for their education. 

DePaul also will continue to make available resources to assist if you have questions or know of students who are uncertain about the implications of their legal status:
  • Patricia Santoyo-Marin, associate director in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, is DePaul’s liaison to undocumented students who are in need of information or resources. She can be reached at or (773) 325-2855. 
  • Students have access to Croak Student Legal Services, located in the Lincoln Park Student Center, which provides free legal services as well as referrals to external resources.
  • The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families. They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in DACA cases and have engaged DePaul College of Law alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. For appointments, students can contact Jenny Freundt at
  • University Counseling Services and University Ministry both stand ready to support students more personally, as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings.
  • More broadly, the DePaul’s Immigrant and Refugee webpage and DREAM webpage list both internal and external resources for undocumented and immigrant students. The DREAM resource guide, developed by DePaul's Undocumented Student Working Group, provides scholarships and financial aid resources and support services at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community. 
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 DePaul and Chicago as any student. 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. 

Thank you for your continued support of all DePaul’s students.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Catholic National Call-in Day to Protect Dreamers
Feb. 21, 2018

Last week, we watched the Senate fail to protect young immigrants affected by the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is set to end on March 5.

Given our heritage as an immigrant community, I urge the faithful across the Archdiocese to stand together in solidarity with our Dreamers and to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for a National Call-in Day for Dreamers, Monday, February 26. I invite you to call your members of Congress, and urge them to protect our young immigrant neighbors who want nothing more than to continue to contribute to the nation they call home. 

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