USD’s support for comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act and a commitment to family reunification, is long-standing. As a Catholic university imbued with the values of Catholic Social Teaching, we affirm the 2003 pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States and we join in solidarity with all those determined to ensure fair and equal treatment of undocumented individuals in pursuit of the full measure of education and on their path to citizenship.
Our mission and core values call us to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as a restructuring of the immigration system so that it is more compassionate. Thus, for us at USD, the call is for Compassionate Immigration Reform, a revised system that honors the inherent human dignity of migrants, which reflects our preferential concern for the poor and vulnerable, and which offers all people the opportunity to live fully human lives.
The time is now for our elected officials to take up the urgent issue of immigration reform. The estimated 11 million people here without documentation are like the men and women who have come to America for generations in search of a better life for themselves and their families. As a nation of immigrants, we take great pride in being a country that welcomes people of good will. Nowhere is that more evident than in the words on the Statue of Liberty.
Throughout the fall semester, our University community will be mobilizing to support comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform. This web site is intended to coordinate many of those efforts, provide information about upcoming events, and offer resources for all those interested in supporting the initiative.