Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University, released the following statement to the campus community today [Sept. 6].
Dear EMU community,
Like you, I am saddened and troubled by the White House decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This program that allows children of undocumented immigrants to live, work and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation has allowed nearly 800,000 “dreamers,” (12,000 in the Commonwealth of Virginia) to contribute positively to our country and the communities in which they live. For many, this is the only country they know.
As followers of Jesus, we are committed to walk with our DACA students. They are beloved members of the EMU family.
As a community of learners, “dreamers” have helped us become better reflective thinkers who are culturally aware and globally engaged. We are particularly proud of the nationally recognized work of Isabel Castillo, a social work undergraduate and master’s in conflict transformation alumnus who has led significant efforts to support DACA.
As peacebuilders, we are committed to work locally, globally, and nationally in the next six months to find workable solutions that bring out “the better angels of ourselves.” As members of both parties on Capitol Hill have signaled: “These students have done nothing wrong.”
The following resources are available on campus for our DACA students:
- Micah Shristi, director of International Student Services Office, is available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 540-432-4459
- EMU Counseling Center – details are available here.
Designated scholarships for undocumented students are available at EMU. People who wish to contribute may send a check to “Bridges to Education Scholarship Fund,” Attn: EMU Development Office.
Additional insight about our commitment to safety and justice for international and immigrant students can be found in the Jan 30, 2017 statement issued by Provost Fred Kniss and myself following the executive order that banned immigration from specific countries.
We will continue to be a community that stands with our DACA students.