U.S. Bishops Respond to the Elimination of the DACA Program
The President, Vice President and the Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.
“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families… The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me’ (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond.
We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth. 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.”
The Director of our Rockville Centre Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Program offers the following FAQs regarding the impact of DACA:
It is very important that individuals with DACA status check with their legal representatives before taking any actions that may have legal consequences. Please keep in mind the following points in reference to the DACA Rescission:
- Current DACA Valid until Expiration Date: Current DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and/or your work permit expire, check the bottom of Employment Authorization Document or your I-797 Approval Notice.
- No New DACA Applications Accepted: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will no longer accept first-time DACA applications after September 5, 2017.
- Individuals Already With DACA: Individuals who already possess DACA and have an Employment Authorization Document that expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, MUST apply for a DACA renewal BEFORE October 5, 2017.
- Travel Abroad: The Department of Homeland Security will no longer approve individuals with DACA permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole.
The above information is what we have immediately available. We will provide additional information as it reaches our office.
Carmen Maquilon, Director