A message from Fr. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C., President, to the University of Portland community about the Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

President

January 30, 2017

As you are all aware, on Saturday, January 28, President Donald J. Trump announced significant changes to immigration policies affecting people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. These changes have, understandably, raised concerns and created anxiety for many in the University of Portland community.

This executive order to turn away refugees, especially those who are fleeing violence and persecution, is contrary to values that we hold dear as a community, most notably Catholic Social Teaching. Our belief in the inherent dignity of each person is founded upon these teachings of the Catholic Church and our commitment to care for those who are the most vulnerable among us resides at the core of our faith.

As I have stated before, the University will continue to stand in support of our students, regardless of nationality, religion, citizenship, and/or documentation status. I have asked staff to explore the possible implications for our international students or other members of our community that this policy change might affect and to advise and assist impacted individuals.

If you have any questions or need to speak to someone about your own concerns, I encourage you to reach out to the following staff:

  • Michael Pelley and the staff of International Student Services: 503.943.7367
  • Health and Counseling Center: 503.943.7134
  • Campus Ministry: 503.943.7131
  • Residence hall staff: 503.943.7205

Finally, I ask that you please keep those adversely impacted by this order, both here and beyond the campus community, in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Fr. Mark

Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.
President
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

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