A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has prevented the Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and has enabled approximately 800,000 young people, who paid a fee and submitted to a background check, the opportunity to work legally, access educational opportunities and not fear deportation. “Dreamers” and DACA recipients are young people who were brought to the United States without authorization as children by their parents or family members.
Now we are encouraging members of the Senate to co-sponsor and pass S. 874, the DREAM Act, which would provide a way to citizenship for Dreamers. Click here to read the action alert and send a message to Senators Ernst and Grassley.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on migration said, “First, to DACA youth, through today’s decision and beyond, we will continue to accompany you and your families. You are a vital part of our Church and our community of faith. We are with you … Next, we urge the President to strongly reconsider terminating DACA.”