Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 14, 2018 / 13:00 pm
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles decried the decision by House leaders to not allow debate on a bipartisan bill that would have opened a legal pathway to permanent residency for "Dreamers."
"I am deeply disappointed that House leaders have decided not to permit debate on this bill, which represented a common sense, compassionate and bipartisan compromise," said Archbishop Gomez in a June 13 statement.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an Obama-era policy that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children. The program prevents DACA recipients, also known as "Dreamers," from being deported. It also provides work permits.
President Donald Trump has sought to end DACA, saying that the initial program was only an executive order that went beyond the scope of presidential powers.