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Bishops stand with 'Dreamers' as DACA battles continue

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years, these young people have been atholic leaders have living in and enriching the United responded to developStates in many ways. They are conments in the legal battle tributors to our economy, veterans over the DACA program, of our military, academic standouts including a court order in our universities, and leaders in maintaining legal protecour parishes and communities. They tions for undocumented youth, known as and their families deserve certainty, “Dreamers,” and a presidential commitcompassion, generosity and justice.” ment to legislative support for them. Vasquez also called for financially U.S. District Judge William Alsap’s sound, effective, and safe measures Jan. 9 order temporarily blocks President to strengthen national security at the Trump’s attempt to phase out the DACA US border. program, which was initiated by President “Our teaching acknowledges Obama in 2012. Nearly 690,000 undocand respects the right of sovereign umented immigrants are beneficiaries of nations to control their borders,” he the DACA program. wrote. “However, we caution against While President Trump has worked to introducing unrelated, unnecessary phase out the program, he has also called or controversial elements of immifor a legislative solution to resolve the gration policy—especially those that immigration status of DACA recipients. jeopardize the sanctity of families In a televised meeting with bipartisan Bishop Joe Vasquez, chairman of the USCCB or unaccompanied children—into lawmakers, President Trump said that he Committee on Migration the bipartisan search for a just and hopes to reach a solution for DACA reciphumane solution for the Dreamers.” ients with a “bill of love.” The Minnesota Catholic ConferIn a Jan.10 statement, Bishop Joe Vasquez, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, ence recently organized a postcard campaign urging lawmakers wrote that bishops are “encouraged by the consensus that emerged to support bipartisan legislation that “protects the dignity of from yesterday’s White House meeting that Congress and the every human being,” particularly the “immigrant youth who President should move expeditiously to craft and enact legisla- entered the United States as children and know America as tion that would provide urgently needed relief for Dreamers. For their only home.” Other Catholic organizations have organized 22  South Texas Catholic | February 2018

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