U.S. Catholic Bishops Pledge To Defend ‘Dreamers’

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday pledged their support to “Dreamers”  enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after Trump decided to rescind the program.

The USCCB released a statement Tuesday denouncing the Trump administration’s inhumane decision to end the Obama-era program, which protects people who immigrated to the U.S. as children from being deported, reported The Hill.

The bishops were appalled at Trump’s announcement to cancel the program.

“It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families,” the USCCB said.

The statement points out that many of the Dreamers came to the U.S. as young children and are currently an active part of America.

“The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education,” it said.

The statement continued as it points out Trump’s lack of humanity and prejudice:

“Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.”

“Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future,” the statement said.

“DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.”

They are calling on Congress to find an immediate solution to the huge problem Trump created.

“We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth,” the statement said.

“As people of faith, we say to DACA youth — regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.”

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

 

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