Message About DACA

Dear Cal Lutheran community,

Cal Lutheran is an inclusive community that benefits from the diverse backgrounds and experiences of all of its members. Our support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the students it protects is tied not only to our respect for them and appreciation for how they enrich our campus, but also to our commitment to service and justice and our mission to educate leaders for a global society. We believe that everyone has a right to an education and we take pride in our role helping our students improve their lives and the world.

We are dismayed by the Trump administration’s announcement that the DACA program will be rescinded after a six-month delay. This leaves the lives of 800,000 people currently protected by this program in a state of uncertainty, including many who are a part of our campus community.

Cal Lutheran stands firm in its continued support for all of our students who benefit from DACA and the California Dream Act, as well as other undocumented immigrants in our campus community. We are seeking legal assistance for those who are affected by this decision. We will continue to protect the privacy of members of our campus community and will not release information about the immigration status of students, faculty or staff unless consent is given or we are compelled to do so by federal warrant. We remain committed to providing a range of support to these students and to advocating on their behalf.

The fate of DACA recipients now rests with Congress. We urge members of the Senate and House of Representatives to take action quickly to protect these young people as they continue their education, work to support themselves, and contribute to our society and economy. We also ask our representatives to provide them with a pathway to citizenship.

We urge members of the Cal Lutheran community to join us in asking their representatives to resolve this situation quickly. For assistance in contacting your representatives, you can use this page. To access the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) advocacy page, please click here. The ELCA’s advocacy page can be found here.

Chris Kimball