In last week’s blog, Barbara Kane noted that on November 12,2019, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the legality of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ) program. Some background to this important issue may be helpful.
In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security initiated the DACA program for certain undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children and met several guidelines. DACA was patterned after the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that was initiated more than a decade ago but has not become law. The purpose of DACA was to utilize prosecutorial discretion to provide undocumented persons who were brought to the United States when they were children with temporary relief from deportation and work authorization. The status expires after two years, subject to renewal.
The current administration announced termination of the DACA program on September 15,2017. While this termination is now the subject of litigation and multiple nationwide preliminary injunctions, these are only partial and temporary. This situation has created much anguish and uncertainty. Dreamers are young people who include DACA recipients, as well as other undocumented individuals of similar age group who were brought to the United States by their parents as children. They are contributors to our country,veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes. . Dreamers are woven into the fabric of our country and our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.
We believe that the dignity of every human being, particularly that of youth and families, must be protected and we believe that our nation has a moral responsibility to provide a path to citizenship ,not only for DACA and the Dreamers, but for all those with Temporary Protected Status. Use every opportunity to call on your members of Congress to find a bipartisan legislative solution to protect all these young people and hardworking families and pray that our Supreme Court will support the legality of DACA so that we may, once again , make a move to become a WELCOMING NATION.