NCEA Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

For “Dreamers” and their families, there is a sigh of relief.

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020, rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In unity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and other Christian organizations have supported maintaining the program to allow the nearly 700,000 young people, who have paid fees and passed background checks, to stay in the United States and work legally, go to school and not fear deportation.

NCEA joins the USCCB and stands with those impacted by this decision in affirming the dignity and future of Dreamers, and reiterates its solidarity as a community of Catholic school educators in response to the universal call for compassion and justice.

"We give thanks for the court’s ruling and pray that our elected leaders will work with open minds and hearts to find a resolution for the DACA recipients living in this country," said NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears.

In November of 2019, the USCCB and other Christian organizations submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court which stated in part that the amici "...have long supported and defended DACA recipients, a position grounded in its interest in promoting the defense of human dignity in the country’s immigration laws, particularly as applied to youth and families." NCEA confirms its commitment to the dignity of the Dreamers and will continue to support those who seek to become American citizens.

The ruling temporarily shields almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation. NCEA and the USCCB encourage all Catholics to contact their U.S. senators to immediately pass permanent legislation that provides a path to citizenship for Dreamers. NCEA especially calls upon the community of Catholic school educators across the nation to use this as an opportunity to engage in prayerful reflection and action that deepens the inclusivity and diversity of their respective communities.

Current advocacy resources are available and include action steps to contact senators in all jurisdictions:

DACA: What Should I Do Now?
DACA: ¿Qué Debo Hacer Ahora?
Suggested Intercessions for Prayers of the Faithful
Intercesiones sugeridas para las oraciones de los fieles

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