Concordia University Irvine Statement on DACA Rescission
September 6, 2017
On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was implemented in 2012, will end in six months. This
announcement comes amidst great public controversy and debate.
As the administration of Concordia University Irvine, our first concern is for the students we serve, for their family members and friends, and for our community. One-third of the roughly 800,000 people affected by the rescission
of DACA live in California; this is a local issue for us, and it affects our community directly.
Concordia’s mission is to “empower students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of
learning, service, and leadership.” We do this by admitting all qualified students who wish to attend
Concordia and who meet our admission requirements.
At Concordia, we do not check the citizenship or immigration status of domestic students who apply,
and we protect the confidentiality of student education records in compliance with U.S. law. We will
continue to offer access to resources that support all of our students who seek to achieve their
educational goals, without reference to their immigration status. Resources for students are available
through Dr. Terilyn Walker, Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (firstname.lastname@example.org; 949-214-
3039; Administration Bldg. 114).
Concordia is a university of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; we are a Christian university guided
by the teachings of the Bible, particularly as articulated in the Lutheran Confessions. Our church body’s
2012 study, "Immigrants Among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues," asserts
that God’s divine command to love our neighbor applies to all of our immigrant neighbors regardless of
their immigration status, and that Christian schools may appropriately provide access to education for
undocumented immigrants and their children (pp. 18, 47).
Concordia is also a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), which includes
180 higher education institutions around the world, and we support the statement issued by CCCU
President Shirley Hoogstra, which reads in part as follows:
"The CCCU urges Congress to act immediately…. This decision will have far-reaching
consequences for these valuable, deeply loved individuals, and so we call on Republicans and
Democrats alike to look past party lines and come together to create a legal solution that
respects both the God-given dignity of every person and the rule of law."
At Concordia University Irvine, we urge our Federal, state, and local governments to act
compassionately toward those immigrants who came to the US without proper documentation through
no fault of their own, even as we acknowledge that the Federal government has a responsibility to enact
and apply immigration laws. We also acknowledge our calling as a Christian university to love our
neighbor by serving all of our students and our community. Concordia remains committed to the
mission of serving our students, and we will continue to monitor developments that support a long-term