US bishops call for permanent protection for young migrants
The chair of the migration committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Trump administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to the US as minors without legal documentation.
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the Committee on Migration Committee, reiterated the bishops’ support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a 2012 policy under then-President Barack Obama that, while not providing legal status, gives recipients a temporary reprieve from deportation and employment authorisation in the United States as long as they meet certain criteria.
During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said he would get rid of the program but later backtracked and it’s unclear what will happen to the estimated 750,000 youth who signed up for the program.
“DACA youth are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes,” said Bishop Vasquez in an 18th July statement. “These young people entered the US as children and know America as their only home. The dignity of every human being, particularly that of our children and youth, must be protected.”
He urged the administration “to continue administering the DACA program and to publicly ensure that DACA youth are not priorities for deportation.”
Picture: An immigration rally takes place outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on 18th April. The US bishops’ migration committee chair in an 18th July statement urged President Donald Trump to “ensure permanent protection” for youth under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).