Saint Martin's University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., signs statement in support of undocumented students.
LACEY, Wash. — In light of today's announcement regarding the termination of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., joined the presidents of Washington's six public baccalaureate colleges and universities, 34 community and technical colleges, the 10 members of the Independent Colleges of Washington, and the 10 members of the Washington Student Achievement Council to issue a statement supporting the undocumented students in their college communities and throughout the nation.
The letter reads, in part, “Today’s announcement leaves us with profound disappointment and pained yet unequivocal resolve to stand up for our students who are among the 800,000 nationwide registered under DACA. These young people are some of the finest and most resilient students at our colleges and universities, often exhibiting unique character forged in the fire of adversity. They overcome major obstacles just to gain and retain eligibility without access to the federal financial assistance needed by so many to help make a college education attainable. In Washington, all of our students, regardless of their immigration status, are invaluable to the teaching we provide in our classrooms, the research we perform in our labs, and the discoveries we make in medicine. These students and those who came before them are not strangers on our campuses, in our communities, and in our homes. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our family. They are us.”
The statement underscores the signers’ solidarity with undocumented students and their support for Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or similar legislation that will allow undocumented students to continue to contribute to the global competitive environment.
“By adding our name to this joint statement, we continue the Saint Martin’s tradition and mission of serving students from diverse backgrounds, especially the underprivileged in our society. Our Catholic Benedictine heritage demands that all are to be welcomed as Christ,” Heynderickx said.