CNA Staff, Jul 30, 2020 / 14:30 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Leading U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday criticized the Trump administration’s decision to consider ending DACA.
The Department of Homeland Security had announced on Wednesday that it would still consider ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for a delay of deportation, where they could also receive a work authorization, despite a recent decision by the Supreme Court.
“The Catholic Church in the United States has long advocated for the Dreamers and we will continue to stand with them,” stated Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB), and Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., and chair of the USCCB migration committee, on Thursday.
“Many [Dreamers] were brought to this country as infants and young children and they have grown up in our schools and parishes and now are making important contributions in the Church and in almost every area of American life,” the bishops said.
In September of 2017, the Trump administration first announced it would be winding down the program and accepting no new applications for deferred action. It gave Congress a six-month window to enact parts of the program into law.