CNA Staff, Dec 9, 2020 / 03:30 am
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded a federal judge's recent decision to restore the full Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including the resumption of new applicants.
Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville of Washington, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, praised the decision in a Dec. 8 statement. He emphasized the Church's support of immigrant communities.
"We welcome the full reinstatement of the DACA program and are particularly pleased that with this ruling, youth who are first-time applicants are allowed to apply for the program for the first time since 2017. The DACA program directly benefits immigrant youth, their families, and the communities we serve," he said.
"To all Dreamers, the Catholic Church continues to stand with you and will advocate with you to ensure you reach your God-given potential here in the United States."