The National Catholic Educational Association, in Solidarity with the USCCB, Hopes Congress Will Act Swiftly to Preserve DACA

NCEA encourages Catholic school communities to pray for compassion from lawmakers.

Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) stands with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decrying the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) within six months.

The USCCB issued a strongly worded statement denouncing the cancellation of DACA. Referring to the decision as "reprehensible," the statement was authored by USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB Vice President Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Migration Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers.

Citing the DACA turnaround as a pointed departure from how Scripture calls us to respond to those seeking help from the church, the statement is clear in its intent: "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."

NCEA President/CEO Thomas Burnford said, "Catholic schools that educate the Dreamers do so because these students are our brothers and sisters made in the likeness of Jesus Christ. This move to cancel DACA not only threatens to uproot these children and young people, but also destabilizes families."

NCEA asks Catholic school communities across the country to pray for a quick legislative response for the protection of DACA.

The full USCCB statement is available online.

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