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 Archbishop Gomez’s comments at Boston College in fall 2016.

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.


In November 2016, ACCU released a statement, signed by more than 120 presidents of institutions of Catholic higher education, in support of students who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. 

As the voice of Catholic higher education, in January 2017, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities expressed its strong opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy. We stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations that recognize the moral obligation of our country to assist migrants, particularly those who are fleeing any kind of persecution. Read the full statement here.

“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.

Catholic Relief Services: Migration

Catholic Relief Services University provides resources for college campuses to engage with the topic of immigration.



Contact Us | Members Only | Search

Programs & Services

Spring Newsletter: Colleges Supporting Parishes
See Your Research Here: Journal of Catholic Higher Education
Explore Events for Leaders in Catholic Higher Ed

Follow @CatholicHighrEd on Twitter