Immigration Reform and Catholic Higher Education

ACCU stands with the Catholic Church in supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Pope Francis, in addressing the plight of immigrants, has said, “May our Christian communities really be places of hospitality, listening, and communion!” Read more on immigration reform and human dignity in an article written by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

As its focus, ACCU works to build collaborative networks across Catholic higher education to work toward immigration reform and best support immigrant students at Catholic colleges and universities.


  • To EDUCATE Catholic campuses about the gift of our immigrant heritage in building our country and the treasure of Catholic Social Teaching in building our faith communities.
  • To MOBILIZE our 200 Catholic colleges and universities across the country and their nearly 900,000 students to know the plight of immigrants today and to engage in the process of immigration reform.
  • To CREATE networks among all Catholic colleges and universities across the country, to promote student involvement, and to create a community of dialogue that fosters insightful responses to this complex issue.
  • To ADVOCATE for our immigrant peoples, especially those denied access to institutions of higher learning because of their legal status.


Read a letter sent to Catholic lawmakers in support of immigration reform in 2013. Organized by Faith in Public Life, the letter is signed by ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, as well as more than 100 leaders of Catholic higher education and almost 60 faculty and theologians.

Presidents of ACCU member colleges joined the Fast for Families on Ash Wednesday, 2014, and fasted for 24 hours as an act of solidarity and prayer to bring lawmaker attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Read their pledge now.

“Así mismo nos hacemos solidarios con ustedes, hermanos y hermanas migrantes, y continuaremos abogando en su favor para que haya políticas de migración favorables y justas.”

~ Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza Ya No Somos Extranjeros, No. 106

“We stand in solidarity with you, our migrant brothers and sisters, and we will continue to advocate on your behalf for just and fair migration policies."

~ Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, No. 106


Justice for Immigrants Campaign
A campaign of the U.S. bishops and the U.S. Catholic Church. Help by lobbying with the campaign for just immigration policies.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Learn more about this U.S. Catholic agency devoted to securing immigrant rights.

Migration and Refugee Services
Visit the Department of Migration and Refugee Services
at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.



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