FROM THE DESK OF PRESIDENT JIM J. ADAMS. . .
The United States Attorney General announced the rescission of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in six months. This decision is causing widespread fear and concern for the over 800,000 registered permit holders, including students at LPC and other Christian colleges and universities. As a member, Life Pacific joins with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and HACU (The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) to stand in solidarity with students (known as “Dreamers”) and their families threatened by this decision. We have already joined with other institutions of higher education in urging Congress to rapidly pass the DREAM and BRIDGE Acts, to assure the peace and security of innocent childhood immigrants not holding citizenship or residency.
What is Life Pacific doing in response to the impending loss of DACA?
- As Christians, we will continue to actively and jointly advocate justice and mercy for these innocent victims by calling on Congress to act quickly with protective legislation.
- We will continue to welcome and support all Christian students to LPC regardless of their immigration status.
- We will closely monitor the legal and regulatory developments concerning immigrant students and communicate our findings to the LPC community in a timely manner.
- We will continue to ask our college Diversity Committee and the MSU to provide insight, advice, and counsel to college leadership for how to provide the very best educational community possible for all of our students.
- The college has appointed Dr. Sophia Magallanes as Diversity Coordinator. Dr. Magallanes is available to meet confidentially with any student to discuss the DACA changes. I highly encourage our current DACA students or students with family members covered by DACA to meet with Dr. Magallanes or Rev. Amanda Hansen, our Campus Chaplain.
- Emmaus Road Christian Counseling provides free confidential counseling for all LPC students. If you are feeling fearful, threated, emotionally compromised, or are having difficulty focusing on your studies, we encourage you to visit Emmaus Road.
- I will be meeting personally with our DACA students and students with family members holding DACA status. I want to hear their stories, pray, and work together to provide as much support as possible.
Please join me in praying for a quick resolution, and for the wellbeing of our Dreamers as we dream big and bold for the securing of their future serving as biblical leaders in the Church, the workplace, and the world.