Georgetown Alumni Demand Resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS '94)
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At Georgetown, we were taught the Jesuit value of men and women for others. It is an idea rooted in love, justice, and concern for the least among us, and which led many of us to pursue careers in public service.
This value seems to be common sense and is universal to all of humanity, not just Catholics and Christians. As a Jesuit university, Georgetown exhorted its students to strive to make the world a better place and to go to the margins.
The manifestation of this idea is simple: pursue justice for all people in any shape or form – as teachers, doctors, lawyers, and even as public officials. And in that service, you will find your fullest potential and the moral and ethical manner to live one’s life.
That is why the horrific family separations occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border requires us as Georgetown alumni to call on our fellow alumna – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (SFS '94) – to resign as head of the agency that has inflicted so much harm on children and families at the border.
At a White House Press Briefing on Monday June 18, Secretary Nielsen issued a stunning defense of President Donald Trump’s “Zero-Tolerance” policy which criminalizes immigrants entering the United States, despite many of whom have credible claims for asylum.
Because of such policy, thousands of children have been separated from their families causing profound trauma that will be felt for decades to come.
Quite simply, there is no justice in ripping babies from their mothers.
There is no justice in hearing the wailing cries of children housed in cages.
And there is certainly no justice when families have no idea of when they might see their child again.
What’s worse is the unacceptable declaration that such a policy does not exist and the insistent protection of a president who has no regard for immigrant children and families.
Secretary Nielsen’s promotion of “Zero-Tolerance” is antithetical to the education we received at Georgetown. As alumni and students of the Jesuit tradition, we cannot stand silent as these atrocities are being committed against our fellow being.
Compassion is what this situation warrants. Many of us are parents, and we are all somebody’s child. Nobody has a right to separate any child from their family.
Please join me in mobilizing the entire Georgetown alumni network to say not in our name. Please include your name, school and class in the comments section!
Christian Arana, SFS 2010
*Please note: This letter is not an official statement of the University.
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