In court briefs, Catholic leaders urge Supreme Court to keep DACA in place

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders joined more than 35 other groups that have filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging the Supreme Court to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA. Supporters of the program, initiated by President Barack Obama in 2012, want the high court to keep in place three separate appellate court rulings… Read more »

As Supreme Court hears DACA case, bishops voice support for beneficiaries

BALTIMORE | It’s a population that almost every bishop in the United States comes into contact with: 700,000 young adults brought into the country as children without documents. So, it was natural that on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on an important case involving them, even as they were conducting regular business… Read more »

Gomez: Nation has ‘moral obligation’ to keep promise to DACA recipients

LOS ANGELES | The “failures” of the nation’s leaders in Washington to make “comprehensive reforms to immigration policy “cut across party lines, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles. These failures date back to 1986, he said, which was the last time Congress passed immigration reform. Ahead of the oral arguments on the Deferred… Read more »

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 »