On July 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Trump Administration's executive order ending DACA because the Department of Homeland Security did not provide a "reasoned explanation" and was done in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner. Read the Court's complete ruling (PDF). USCIS has reopened the website for DACA applications and for renewal of DACA status.
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - organization providing support and pro-bono legal advice for Arab Americans
- American Bar Association - addresses many concerns and needs with resources related to immigration
- American Immigration Lawyers Association - provides a lawyer referral service
- Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Social Services of New England) - provides high-quality legal representation and advice to asylum seekers in Massachusetts who could not otherwise afford legal counsel
- Centro Presente, Inc. - Massachusetts Latin-American immigrant organization offering pro-bono legal advice
- Immigration Advocates: Nonprofit Resource Center - Catholic Charities of Boston: Refugee and Immigration Services
- Immigration Equality: The Nation's Leading LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Organization - represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status
- ImmigrationLawHelp.org - provides an online directory of nearly 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) - provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC) - one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants
- Rian Immigrant Center - Massachusetts organization that assists immigrants from around the world, of all races and ethnicities
Obtaining competent immigration legal advice is important. We encourage immigrant families to find out about their rights and options. Some families may have mixed immigration status (having U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and undocumented family members in the same family). As a result, each family’s available options may vary. Please be aware that there are individuals who claim to provide immigration advice who are not licensed attorneys with experience in immigration law. Prior to engagement, we recommend that you verify that the practitioner is a licensed attorney with immigration law experience.
- ACE Letter for BRIDGE Act (PDF) - Letter to Senator Graham and Senator Durbin from President of the American Council on Education, Molly Corbett Broad, in support of the "Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy" (BRIDGE) Act
- American Council on Education - Policy and advocacy resources and information focusing on immigration and international students
- American Immigration Council (PDF) - "sanctuary cities," trust acts, and community policing explained
- Department of Homeland Security Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) dated September 5, 2017
- Immigrants Rising - empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - information on requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) including toolkit and FAQ.
- Additional Resources recommended by the Ignatian Solidarity Network
Campus Support Services
Confidential Counseling on Campus
- Students: Counseling Center, Hogan 207, 508-793-3363 (M-F, 9 a.m.-noon; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) After hours, contact Public Safety 508-793-2222 and request to be put in touch with the psychologist on call.
- Employees: Employee Assistance Program 800-828-6025.
- Chaplains’ Office 508-793-2448 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). After hours and on weekends, contact Public Safety 508-793-2222 and request to be put in touch with a Chaplain.
- Contact information can be found on the Class Deans website. Class deans can connect students with additional College resources.
Reporting Options for Discrimination and Harassment
- The College is committed to sustaining a welcoming environment for everyone and especially for those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, and other protected classes. To access reporting options for discrimination and harassment, please visit the Nondiscrimination Statement section of the Community Standards Process and Procedures handbook, or the Title IX and Equal Opportunity website.
Campus Diversity Resources
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Communications from the President of the College
- December 2017 - Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration - Newly formed alliance that brings together American college and university chancellors and presidents dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities. Signed by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College
- September 12, 2017 - American Council on Education (PDF) - Letter to Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer - Signed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
- September 5, 2017 - AJCU Statement on DACA Rescission
- August 29, 2017 - Over 1,300 Catholic Educators Call on Trump Administration to Save DACA and Protect Dreamers (PDF) - Signed by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College; Margaret N. Freije, provost and dean of the College; along with a number of Holy Cross faculty and staff members.
- August 28, 2017 - American Council on Education (PDF) - Letter to President Donald Trump - Signed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
- February 3, 2017 - American Council on Education (PDF) - Letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security - Signed by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College
- January 30, 2017 - Message Regarding Recent Executive Orders on Immigration - From Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president and Margaret N. Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
- January 29, 2017 – Academics Against Immigration Executive Order Petition - Signed by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College; Margaret N. Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College; along with a number of Holy Cross faculty members. Note: names may not immediately appear as the list is verified and manually updated.
- January 23, 2017 - Message Regarding Recent Executive Orders on Immigration
- December 7, 2016 - Holy Cross President Joins College, University Leaders in Signing Letters in Support of Undocumented Students
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross, joins other college and university presidents across the country in showing support for undocumented students and the retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By signing the three letters below, Fr. Boroughs, alongside hundreds of leaders in higher education, has pledged his commitment to continue supporting and educating these students:
- Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Nov. 30
- A Statement from Leaders in Catholic Higher Education (PDF) - Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Nov. 30
- College & University Presidents Call for U.S. to Uphold and Continue DACA, Pomona College - Pomona College, Nov. 21
- November 18, 2016 - Holy Cross President Joins College, University Leaders in Open Letter to President-Elect Trump