The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement condemning President Trump’s “reprehensible” decision to end the DACA program which protects people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children from being deported
The USCCB’s president, vice president and chairmen released a statement Tuesday calling Trump’s cancellation of the program “reprehensible.”
“It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families,” the USCCB said.
“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.
“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.”
The conference called for Congress to find a solution in the wake of the administration’s decision.
“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.”