President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop Jose Gomez, and USCCB Migration Committee Chair, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, issued a statement this week welcoming this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling relating to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court stated the Trump administration acted arbitrarily in terminating the DACA program, which provided relief to thousands of migrants brought to the U.S. as children. Though the court unanimously ruled that the president had the authority to terminate the program, the court also ruled that the manner in which the administration did so violated the Administrative Procedure Act.
In their statement, the bishops reached out to those affected, stating "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." They further called upon the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to terminate DACA, since the court's ruling doesn't prohibit the administration from terminating the program in the future. They also called upon Congress to pass legislation that would provide a more permanent solution for Dreamers.
Archbishop Carlson in St. Louis joined his fellow bishops stating, "'regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church.' I offer prayers of thanksgiving to our Lord for this pivotal decision and pray for our DACA recipients-that this provides them with hope for their futures in our nation."
June 23, 2020 - 7:15am