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January 15, 2020

Alexis Morales
Student Government Association
Mac Mahon Student Center, Room 522
Saint Peter’s University
2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Dear Ms. Morales,

I am writing in response to your petition to permanently end the participation of Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) at future career fairs.

After hearing from students at the Student Senate Meeting as well as through additional one on one
conversations with student and faculty, I understand the concerns expressed about potential
encounters with this agency, particularly those of our undocumented students.

However, our criminal justice students and faculty have made a case as well for the importance of
having access to organizations such as CBP, stating that barring them is counter-productive to the career
goals these students may have in areas such as anti-terrorism, anti-smuggling, trade compliance and
agriculture protection at U.S. ports of entry, also noting that if we want to change the criminal justice
system we need to do this by hiring good people with the right values into the system.

I am confident that we have worked out a good compromise that addresses the needs of both parties.
Moving forward, the Center for Career Engagement and Leadership Studies (CEEL) will host a separate
career fair focused on law enforcement opportunities. This will be held on a different date and in a
different location from the traditional CEEL career fair. This compromise addresses both the concerns of
those that have signed the petition as well as the concerns of the students and faculty in the criminal
justice program for the right to interact with the law enforcement agencies.

Again, I believe this plan is balanced and I trust all students will respect the rights of their fellow
classmates to attend the career fair of their choice.

Please be assured that you may always contact me or a member of University leadership with your
concerns via my office at (201) 761-6010 or

Thank you and let’s work together to have a great semester.


Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.