US bishops call plan to end DACA “reprehensible”

The president and vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement on Sept. 5 calling the cancelling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “reprehensible.”

The statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, along with USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, including Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers, states in part that the action to the program, also known as DACA causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families

The DACA program began in 2012 by executive order of former president Barack Obama, provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.

The statement continues, “The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’ (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.”

For the entire statement, click here.