Notre Dame President Says Ending DACA “Foolish, Cruel, Un-American”

Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President (ND.EDU)

Notre Dame, IN-(ENEWSPF)- Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame0, released a pointed statement regarding President Trump ending DACA.

The statement from the Notre Dame president, a Holy Cross Catholic priest, follows:

A decision to discontinue DACA would be foolish, cruel and un-American. Foolish because it drives away talented people the country needs; cruel because it abandons people who have done nothing wrong and have known life only in the United States; and un-American because we have always welcomed immigrants to our land of opportunity.

In coming days, I hope to meet with congressional leaders to argue for a permanent fix to this pressing problem. In the meantime, Notre Dame will continue to support DACA students financially, maintain their enrollment even if Congress fails to act and provide expert legal assistance should it become necessary.

Related: Catholic Bishops Call Termination of DACA “Reprehensible”