Although expected, I am very disappointed that President Trump has decided to rescind the DACA program. The Divinity School joins VU in opposing this action. Here at VDS, we are committed to supporting and embracing all of our students—regardless of their immigration status, citizenship, or nationality. This is a non-negotiable for us. Our religious traditions call us to embrace the immigrant, especially those most vulnerable migrants, and offer them the same rights as the native-born (Lev 19:33-34).
Deans Melissa Snarr, Victor Judge, Katherine Smith, Amy Steele, and myself are also available to work with any students who may need help in negotiating this new landscape. We are committed to standing in solidarity and accompanying our DACA students during this time.
Emilie M. Townes
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair
Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society