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9/1/2017 2:25:00 PM
USCCB Committee on Migration chair urges president to continue DACA
People march outside the White House Aug. 15 at a rally calling on President Donald Trump to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters

People march outside the White House Aug. 15 at a rally calling on President Donald Trump to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters


By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON – Catholic agency leaders and the bishop who chairs the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration strongly urged President Donald Trump to continue the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.

"A decision to end this program would turn our nation's back on immigrant youth who are seeking to reach their full God-given potential and fulfill the promise of gratefully giving back to the only country most have ever known," they wrote in a letter to the president sent Aug. 30.

Trump has said he is considering ending DACA, the program created by President Barack Obama that has provided protection from deportation to nearly 800,000 immigrants without documentation who were brought to the United States as children. Ten state attorneys general have threatened to sue the federal government to end the DACA program if the Trump administration does not do so by Sept. 5.

The program offers young people the ability to work, study and participate in their communities if they meet certain criteria, pass a background check and maintain a clean record.

While the fate of DACA recipients, often known as "dreamers," is held in the balance, Catholic leaders stressed in their letter that the administration's decision to keep the program going would show "our nation's spirit of generosity and compassion."

"We hope and pray that you make the right decision to continue the DACA program for the benefit of not only these amazing youth, but our nation as a whole," said the letter signed by Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the bishops' Migration Committee; Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA; and Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

"Your decision to continue this program would ensure that young people can continue to work, study, and be protected from deportation while Congress debates broader legislative fixes to our broken immigration system," they wrote.

The letter also stressed that the heart of Catholic social teaching is the "moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of every human being, particularly the most vulnerable, which includes our youth."

It said the DACA recipients were brought to this country by their parents "whose desire was to provide their children with hope, opportunity, and safety that they could never hope to find in their countries of birth."



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• Trump Administration announces end to DACA program
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