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Faith Leaders Statements on DACA
Last Tuesday, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction blocking part of the Trump administration’s DACA repeal. The order allows those who had DACA status the day the repeal was announced to apply for renewal. But the scope of the injunction is unclear and the administration has said that they will appeal the decision. While advocates view the court order as a positive step, the pressure is still on Congress to pass a more permanent legislative solution.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program established in 2012 by the Obama administration in response to congressional failure to pass long term immigration reform regarding certain groups of undocumented immigrants in the United States. While DACA does not provide a path to citizenship, it does allow for deferred action of removal for certain groups of students and veterans. DACA recipients cannot have committed a felony, must be in or have graduated from school, and must meet limited age requirements.
Once an individual receives DACA, they are protected from deportation for a period of two years. They receive work authorization as well as the ability to apply for a driver’s license. After two years, a DACA recipient can apply for renewal. However, last fall, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the program.
Since the announcement, Congress has been working to pass a legislative fix. Negotiations over the scope of who would qualify for such a program and whether there should be increased border security and enforcement provisions coupled with comprehensive immigration legislation have resulted in a legislative stalemate.
The faith community continues to stand beside those affected by the DACA repeal. Many faith leaders have spoken out on behalf of the Dreamers and encouraged their congregations to do the same. The following is a list of statements by faith groups and denominations supporting Dreamers.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
United Methodist Church:
The Episcopal Church:
The Reform Jewish Movement:
Anglican Church in North America:
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):
Presbyterian Church (USA):
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC):
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
United Pentecostal Church:
Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative rabbis)
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association