U.S. appeals court: Trump can’t end DACA program

SAN FRANCISCO | A federal appeals court ruled Nov. 8 in favor of keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, rejecting the Trump administration’s efforts to end it. The decision, made by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco, upheld a lower court’s… Read more »

‘Keep us in mind,’ says DACA recipient in urging people to vote

WASHINGTON | A group of Catholic high school seniors lobbying on Capitol Hill Nov. 5 knows there is a lot at stake in the midterm elections. They feel strongly about current issues, especially immigration and more specifically, DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects these students and other young people who… Read more »

Citing ‘capricious’ decision, judge says DACA applications may continue

WASHINGTON | Catholic groups hailed an April 24 decision by a federal judge that said a program that benefits young adults who came into the country without legal permission as minors can still accept new and renewed applications and must maintain protections that prevent those who are enrolled in it from being deported. The Trump… Read more »

Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

WASHINGTON | The last government shutdown — well, threatened shutdown, anyway — seems so long ago. The nine-hour “funding lapse” of Feb. 9, like the three-day shutdown that began Jan. 20, hinged on how Congress was going to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump said he would end March… Read more »

Dozens of Catholics arrested as they ask Congress to help ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON | Dozens of Catholics, including men and women religious, were arrested near the U.S. Capitol Feb. 27 in the rotunda of a Senate building in Washington as they called on lawmakers to help young undocumented adults brought to the U.S. as minors obtain some sort of permanent legal status. Some of them sang and… Read more »

Chicago priest fasting to support ‘Dreamers’ plans to march at White House

CHICAGO (CNS) — A Chicago pastor who has been on a strict fast for weeks to show solidarity for DACA recipients and push for humane immigration laws plans to take his protest to Washington March 4 and 5. Congress must vote to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5. That is… Read more »

Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors. On Feb. 26, the court declined to hear and rule on whether the administration has the right to shut down the… Read more »

As DACA deadline nears, Catholic voices speak up to fix immigration woes

WASHINGTON | Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that would help some 800,000 young adults living the U.S. who were brought into the country without legal permission as… Read more »

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

WASHINGTON | After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26. “We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together… Read more »

‘Dreamers’ say they’re not asking for handouts, just chance to stay

HOUSTON | Angelica Velazquez came to the United States at age 3 when her parents brought her from Mexico to the United States. They came on tourist visas that they then overstayed. Now 20, Velazquez applied for, paid her fees and was accepted as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA…. Read more »