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A Statement from Cabrini President Donald B. Taylor, PhD, about the Recent Executive Order

Posted on 2/1/2017 12:20:31 PM

Dear Cabrini University Community,

As you are aware, President Trump issued an executive order on Friday, January 27, that bans entry into the United States for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and bans refugee entry from all nations. This executive order has prompted swift opposition, including large demonstrations and legal challenges.

Cabrini University applauds the opposition of this executive order and stands in solidarity with those who are protesting the injustice of this order. Cabrini too has taken steps to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, including, among other actions, signing a letter from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities promising not to voluntarily identify undocumented students.

Cabrini has always been a University that welcomes immigrants, refugees, and undocumented students. We will continue to do so, and we will continue to protect all of our students—each and every one.  

We are not alone in this, as we stand in solidarity with colleges and universities around the nation, both faith-based and secular, who oppose this executive order. Catholic colleges and universities in particular have been strong opponents, heeding the words of Pope Francis who said that “authentic hospitality is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.” You can read a statement by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, of which Cabrini is a member, by following this link: ACCU Statement on Recent Executive Order by the President

Some students may be wondering how this executive order will affect their spring break travel plans. There is no one answer to this question, so I suggest that students who have concerns reach out to Cabrini’s faculty and staff for assistance.  We’re here to help and will provide whatever assistance and information we can.

Let us never forget that Cabrini University is named for the universal Patron Saint of Immigrants—Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini—an immigrant to this country who eventually became an American citizen. She and her Missionary Sisters ministered to the marginalized immigrants from all walks of life, many of whom faced discrimination and outright harassment. From her example and that of her Missionary Sisters, we have, and will continue, to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees from anywhere in the world.

In the spirit of the Patron Saint of Immigrants,

Donald B. Taylor, PhD
Cabrini University