Response to President Trump's executive order regarding immigration policy

Jan. 30, 2017

Dear USD Campus Community:

In the aftermath of President Trump's executive order regarding U.S. immigration policy, I write today to affirm the University's commitment to welcoming people to our campus community regardless of their faith or country of origin. The university endorses the statement issued by the Chair of the U.S. Bishops' committee on migration, Bishop Joe Vasquez, as well as the statement issued by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities which I signed today. Both publicly oppose the executive order's halting of refugee admissions. We are also encouraged by a statement issued by our own Bishop Robert McElroy, Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.  As a Catholic University we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as others impacted by this order, and we will do all that we can to support our students and employees as they return to our campus.

Our International Center and Human Resources staffs have reached out to all of our students/scholars and employees on visas from the affected areas, and they all have arrived safely to USD.

We advised them that their Torero Family supports them and their families during this serious and uncertain situation. We also made them aware of our resources and support services both on and off campus. We assured them that our International Center is also available to them for questions and concerns. In addition, our Office of the General Counsel, Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Department of Human Resources, and our Immigration Task Force are following this situation and will provide updates to our impacted community members and their families as news develops.

Our Office of Residential Life and Human Resources will also be reaching out to our impacted students and employees this week. If you or someone you know in our community is impacted by the executive order, please contact the International Center or Human Resources.

The University of San Diego is committed to defending and supporting all members of its Torero family and will confront any potential forms of discrimination and injustice, while at the same time offering assurances of safety and solidarity to those in need.

Sincerely,

James T. Harris III, D.Ed.
President