On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States and blocking citizens of seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Today, January 30, 2017, Br. John R. Paige, CSC, president of Holy Cross College, issued this statement in response to the executive order.
“As a Catholic higher education institution, Holy Cross College is opposed to the recent Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy.
As an essential and enduring part of its mission, Holy Cross College has always welcomed students from all walks of life – especially immigrants and refugees – with joy, love, and hope. We benefit greatly from their presence, and we believe that the diversity they bring to our community makes us a better and more complete institution. Our Catholic faith calls us to respect the dignity of all people, and Pope Francis calls us to embrace with hospitality those who have been marginalized. In answering these calls, we are committed to sustaining an inclusive campus environment that remains open to people of all faiths and cultures. We recognize our moral obligation to assist those searching for a better life and acknowledge the ability of higher education to serve this need.
In keeping with our mission, we therefore stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations in opposing this order.”
Our tri-campus community neighbors have also issued similar statements.
Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame