Dear USF Community:
In a thrilling and happily surprising decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must continue for the time being. This means that about 700,000 young immigrants – including many members of our USF community of students and alumni – are protected from deportation.
This is a victory over the cruel plan by the White House to end DACA immediately. Yet the work to preserve DACA and ensure the future of Dreamers is far from over. Dreamers and other undocumented persons still lack long-term safeguards against inhumane deportation policies. They still lack freedom.
As we prepare for Juneteenth tomorrow and as we reflect on and remember the history of slavery in the United States, as well as the urgent need to fight against anti-Black racism today, let us also be mindful of the permanent freedom we must work to ensure for DACA recipients and other undocumented persons.
As a Jesuit Catholic university, we embrace the belief that all human persons are created in the image and likeness of God and are endowed by their Creator with inalienable dignity and worth. This belief is foundational to our worldview and undergirds our educational mission.
I again affirm two inviolable principles that we commit to and that will remain intact at USF:
We embrace our community and work assiduously so that all USF students have an equal opportunity to flourish and succeed; and
We stand with all members of our community in the fight for equity and justice, and work vigorously against acts of bigotry, bias, hate, and discrimination.
And I remind all members of the community that resources for USF’s undocumented and DACA students are available here »
Thank you for all you do for USF and for our shared mission to be persons for and with others.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.