June 21, 2018
LMU Stands in Solidarity with Immigrant Families
Loyola Marymount University is devoted to upholding the dignity of every person, advocating for the common good in our world, and promoting a living faith that champions justice for all. We strive to protect and care for society’s most vulnerable, which includes families seeking a life free from violence they can no longer endure in their home countries. While President Trump’s latest executive order may halt family separations, our nation must still address the 2,300 migrant children and family members who have unfortunately been taken from one another. Further, the “zero tolerance” policy is inhumane and does not reflect a country that was founded and made great by immigrants.
I support the sentiments shared by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education. Each of us can help by calling our Congressional representatives to demand that families be reunited immediately or by donating to an organization that assists separated families. We can advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that upholds the immutable dignity and rights of each person. Let us live by the example Pope Francis sets forth: “A person’s dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee. Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity.” We can and must do better.
June 21, 2018