Paulist Fathers Statement on DACA

September 2, 2017


Media Contact: Paul Snatchko

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Grounded in our Catholic and Paulist mission, Paulist Fathers were among the pioneers of university campus ministry at secular universities. Today, we provide pastoral care for Catholic students, faculty and staff members at five public universities. As part of this mission, we recognize that action on behalf of justice is constitutive of the preaching of the Gospel on campus.

With care and concern for students and all young undocumented people, we add our voice to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in encouraging the President of the United States to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA grants undocumented immigrants, who entered the United States as minors at 15 years of age or younger, renewable two year permits for access jobs, education, and higher education. Commonly referred to as “DREAMers,” these young people seek to fulfill the responsibility of becoming full and productive members of society in the only country most have ever known. DACA ensures that young people can continue to study, work, and be protected from deportation while Congress deliberates improvements to our inadequate immigration system.

We urge our fellow citizens to add their voices in support for DACA youth by calling the White House today at 1-855-589-5698. We suggest these or similar words:

“I am calling as a concerned Catholic to strongly urge the President to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The approximately 800,000 young immigrants who have received DACA are vital members of our parishes, communities, and nation; they should not have to live their lives in fear of deportation.”