On March 6, President Trump signed the “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States..” On the same day, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration stated:
“We remain deeply troubled by the human consequences of the revised executive order on refugee admissions and the travel ban. While we note the Administration’s efforts to modify the Executive Order in light of various legal concerns, the revised Order still leaves many innocent lives at risk.”
How have the three Marianist Universities responded to this executive order? Here are statements from the three presidents:
Br. Bernie Ploeger Chaminade University’s Position on Executive Order Regarding Immigration & Travel
Dr. Tom Mengler, Catholic Universities stand united in welcoming immigrants, refugees
Dr. Eric Spina wrote in his blog, Our Values Guide Us.
Amy Anderson reported that the University of Dayton formed a campus-wide working group to discuss the impacts of the Executive Orders; explore how to best support students, faculty, and staff as a full community; and how to use our educational influence, both inside and outside the classroom, to deepen understanding about immigration to the U.S. and develop more just relationships with our immigrant neighbors. In addition, there is also a web site for more information about this topic.
Clare Acosta Matos shares that St. Mary’s University has organized multiple information sessions for our campus community in which we brought in immigration attorneys from our St. Mary’s University Center for Legal and Social Justice: two in November, after the election of President Trump, in a proactive effort to disperse “Know Your Rights” information for our students who are DACA recipients or who are undocumented (and by extension their parents/family members who are undocumented), and another after the executive order was released in January. We have focused on trying to equip our students with information about how to best protect themselves if they are undocumented. Because many of our students come from border areas, when they travel home for holidays they often have to go through Border Patrol checkpoints. By providing them with Know Your Rights information we aim to help them make informed decisions, particularly about travel.
At Chaminade University, as a response to the current political climate, Dr. Dale Fryxell, Interim Dean of the Division of Education, convened the Social Justice League on February 8, mainly to get students more engaged in the political process. Fryxell, along with professors across the Chaminade University campus, encouraged their students to involve themselves in the Ides of Trump, the league’s kick-off event. Whether they agree or disagree with the political issues, this activity involved sending postcards with messages to President Trump to express their opinions. Fryxell himself mailed over 200 postcards after the event. The next scheduled league activity is a town hall meeting with U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii.
The University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs staff, Jane Fancher and Heather Schiemen, and international student, Faiz Bader participated in international education advocacy day in Washington, DC., March 13-14, 2017.
Lastly, the University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs & International/Graduate Admission joined with more than 25 universities nationwide to create welcoming videos for international students: