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June 18, 2020

LACEY, Wash. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the eight-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Today’s Supreme Court decision is a great victory for many DACA students nationally and at Saint Martin’s," says Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. "Saint Martin's stands with our DACA students and remains committed to doing everything we can to support them."

Saint Martin's University has stood in solidarity with DACA recipients since 2017 when the Trump administration rescinded the program. President Heynderickx joined the presidents of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the presidents of Washington state colleges and universities pledging solidarity with the undocumented students in their college communities protected against deportation by the federal DACA Program.

Heynderickx shared in 2017 that in making these commitments, "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."

Reflecting on today's momentous ruling, Heynderickx adds, "Now it is time for Congress to act and provide a permanent decision."