On June 15, 2012, President Barrack Obama created DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA protects undocumented immigrants from deportation for a 2-year (renewable) period and allows them work permits. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children – known as “Dreamers” - to currently live and work in the U.S.
However, on September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA and legality of this rescission was challenged in courts across the U.S.
The Supreme Court heard oral argument on November 12, 2019 and is likely to issue its decision by the end of April. If the Supreme Court upholds the decision to terminate the program, more than 700,000 DACA recipients – and their families - will be impacted.
While, immigration specialists project it is highly unlikely that Dreamers will be deported immediately, they do believe that DACA recipients will not be renewed, which ultimately means they would no longer be able to work and live in the U.S.
This situation is tremendously stressful for everyone it affects – individuals, their families, businesses and even our local parishes. DACA recipients are members of our parishes, members of our priest pool, members of our neighborhoods and more.
We ask you to please:
- Pray for the DACA recipients and their families
- Pray for the Supreme Court to exercise wisdom
- Share the attached information as appropriate.