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Sunday, September 03, 2017

American Catholic Bishops support DACA

Roman Catholics must stand behind support for immigrants. Virtually 100 percent of all Roman Catholics who are not descended from Native Americans are themselves descendents of immigrants. We are the children of parents who came here to build better lives for our generation. We are DACA!

MaineWriter:  I support DACA because it's protecting children! In a vicarious way, we are all DACA

Dferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

Although the five sterile words that describe the DACA acryonmy are, frankly, meaningless when they stand alone, the fact of the matter is, when put into a lable, they are a cruel label.

A Jesuit priest friend explained to me how DACA describes children who came to the US with their parents who were undocumented immigrants.  In fact, that's true enough from a policy perspective, but in an existetial sense, we are all DACA.

Here is the Roman Catholic Bishops statement published in July 2017, to support DACA:

Support For DACA; Calls On Administration And Congress To Ensure Permanent Protection For DACA Youth

July 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC— Over 750,000 youth have received protection from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. While DACA provides no legal status, it does provide recipients with a temporary reprieve from deportation and employment authorization for legal work opportunities in the United States.

In response to the recent petition to the U.S. Department of Justice to terminate DACA, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of the Migration Committee and Bishop of Austin, Texas, expressed support for DACA once again, stating:

Catholic Bishops have long supported DACA youth and continue to do so. DACA youth are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes.

These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. The dignity of every human being, particularly that of our children and youth, must be protected.

I urge the Administration to continue administering the DACA program and to publicly ensure that DACA youth are not priorities for deportation.

However, DACA is not a permanent solution; for this reason, I also call on Congress to work in an expeditious and bipartisan manner to find a legislative solution for DACA youth as soon as possible. My brother bishops and I pledge continuing efforts to help find a humane and permanent resolution that protects DACA youth. Additionally, I note the moral urgency for comprehensive immigration reform that is just and compassionate. The bishops will advocate for these reforms as we truly believe they will advance the common good.Lastly, to DACA youth and their families, please know that the Catholic Church stands in solidarity with you. We recognize your intrinsic value as children of God. We understand the anxiety and fear you face and we appreciate and applaud the daily contributions you make with your families, to local communities and parishes, and to our country. Roman Catholics and the American Bishops support you on your journey to reach your God-given potential.

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