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USF President Father Fitzgerald Recognized for Support of Undocumented Students

USF President Father Fitzgerald Recognized for Support of Undocumented Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"WASINGTON, D.C. - Before he joined more than 100 leaders of U.S. Catholic colleges and universities to sign statements of support for undocumented immigrant students, Jesuit Father Paul Fitzgerald, president of the University of San Francisco, came face to face with the human side of the immigration question.

One week before signing the Nov. 30 statements, the priest met with 15 undocumented students attending his university and heard their stories."

 

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"They’re wonderful young people, passionate about their studies,” he said in an interview with Crux. “They’re pursuing degrees to become nurses, advocates and attorneys. They want to give back to a society which has been so good to them.”

The priest said that encounter was for him, “a beautiful pastoral moment. For me, it was very emotional.”

But there was another aspect to his meeting with those students, in the wake of the election campaign, when candidate Donald Trump pledged to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and immediately begin deporting some of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, and in the uncertainty about what will unfold in the president-elect’s administration.

“I could see the fear in their eyes. The fear is not for themselves,” the university president said."

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President Paul Fitzgerald S.J. Maintains Support for Undocumented Students

President Paul Fitzgerald S.J. Maintains Support for Undocumented Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON DC – Responding to the growing fear that undocumented individuals may face marginalization from President-Elect Trump’s administration, twenty-seven Jesuit college and university presidents and the president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities released a statement today."

 

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"Numerous Jesuit university presidents have already been outspoken advocates for undocumented students in recent weeks, including Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., president of University of San Francisco, who clearly showed his support during an interview with CNN earlier this month, saying “We will use every legal means to protect [undocumented students].' "

 

[Via @IGsolidarityNET]

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