CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - DePaul University in Chicago will now charge undergraduate students an additional fee in order to make scholarships for illegal aliens.
On May 16, DePaul President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider approved a referendum, adding a $2 fee per quarter for every undergraduate student. It was proposed by DePaul's student organization, Undocumented Vincentian Allies (UVA), and promoted by the Undocumented Student Movement (USM) and DePaul College Democrats. Brought before students from May 8–12, it passed with a 1684–302 vote.
DePaul has made headlines for allowing anti-Catholic speakers on campus while refusing conservatives like Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin Mcinnes to speak.
In October 2016, Holtschneider banned a student club from posting "Unborn Lives Matter" posters on campus, claiming they represent "bigotry," while the terrorist racist organization Black Lives Matter has free reign on campus, telling students the posters were "bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech."
Taking his stand against President Donald Trump and the federal government, he said the university "supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel's commitment to maintain Chicago as a sanctuary city and pledges continued action on these ongoing initiatives to support undocumented students," which is against the law.
Tuition is expected to jump up nearly $1,400 for the 2017–2018 academic year, increasing the already financially burdened students.
DePaul College Republicans representative Jorin Burkhart commented to Church Militant. "It saddens us that a majority of DePaul's student body supports forcing other students — who are already paying too much to attend DePaul — to give even more money in order to support those who broke our nation's immigration laws." He continues, "It's even more concerning that the administration has decided to follow through with this. Despite enrollment dropping, in part, as a result of DePaul's mindless leftism, they have decided to double down and further incentivize illegal immigration."
John Minster, president of student organization College Republicans, commented that support for the referendum "sadly shows both the commitment this university holds to radical left-wing causes, as well its utter detachment from the vast majority of the student body." He continued, "Instead of using those tuition funds on actual legal American citizens or perhaps even lowering tuition on the financially underwater student body, they have chosen to promote another left-wing mascot at the behest of their own students."
Holtschneider has used Pope Francis and Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago as excuses for his actions, claiming they are in line with Catholic social teaching.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made billions of dollars from the Obama administration by being one of the largest organization to promote and help organize the massive influx of refugees and illegal immigrants into the United States.