Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold DACA

While encouraged by Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program which protected 800,000 young immigrants from deportation, our work is not finished. Saint Peter’s will join its fellow Jesuit colleges and universities to work with Congress to push for a clean DREAM Act, designed to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for more than 2.1 million undocumented young immigrants.

Saint Peter’s University will also continue to have the following policies and practices in place, which ensure that all of our students are afforded the opportunity to complete their studies at Saint Peter’s:

  • The University does not and will not consider immigration status in the admission and institutional financial aid process.
  • The University, including Campus Safety, has neither the jurisdiction nor the right and responsibility to enforce the immigration laws of the U.S. and, thusly, will never inquire about a student’s immigration status.
  • In compliance with FERPA, the University is statutorily precluded from sharing any personal data with anyone without a warrant or a subpoena. The University has not done so in the past and will not do so in the future.

The remarkable diversity at Saint Peter’s University is something that we celebrate. We remain a welcoming community for all of our students regardless of their origin.

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.