Statement From Rockhurst University President the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., on U.S. Immigration Policy

Monday, January 30, 2017
The Rockhurst bell tower

Rockhurst Students, Faculty and Staff,

The recent executive order issued by President Trump suspending entry to the United States by those from seven countries has left many people scared and confused. While border security is of great concern to our nation and an obligation of our government to its citizens, I hope we also recall the words of Pope Francis to a recent gathering of Jesuit alumni: “Remember that authentic hospitality is a profound gospel value that nurtures love and is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.”

We join with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and educational and religious leaders worldwide in calling for thoughtful immigration policies that respect those of all faiths and nationalities. 

Any members of the Rockhurst University community who are affected by this order and have questions about their situation or need to speak with someone are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources or the Dean of Students Office.