Fordham University and 64 other Catholic colleges and universities have requested that the Trump administration clarify its immigration enforcement policies regarding recipients of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

In a letter sent on May 23 to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the presidents of the 65 colleges urged him to follow through with the administration’s promise to protect them from deportation.

“While the DACA policy remains in place, expanded immigration enforcement priorities have led to the detention of at least 10 DACA holders who have not committed a criminal offense that would compromise their DACA eligibility,” they wrote.

“In addition, recent actions and statements by Immigration and Customs Enforcement about young people who met the DACA criteria raise many questions about the safety of our students.”

The action follows a similar one in November, when Fordham, along with 99 other Catholic schools, pledged to support DACA students and other undocumented students.


Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.