Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Keeping Families Together

To The Loyola Community:

Like many, I am extremely disturbed by the practice of children being separated from their parents during a new period of so-called “zero-tolerance” enforcement at the US-Mexico border. Forced family separations are contrary to our Jesuit, Catholic values and our ideals as a nation. Such practices greatly increase trauma for children and adults who are already at high risk.

I join Pope Francis and the US Council of Bishops in calling for the end of the unjust and immoral practice of separating children from their parents. I urge members of our community to contact their elected officials to urge them to end family separations immediately and work toward a humane solution to dealing with asylum seekers and immigrant families. 


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD