September 14, 2017 // Bishop

Indiana Catholic Bishops issue Statement on the Rescission of DACA Executive Order

The Catholic Bishops of Indiana support all DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and call upon Congress to act responsibly to provide protection and legal status for these young persons who are contributing to the strength and prosperity of our nation. The decision to end DACA only brings uncertainty and anxiety to families who only want to provide for themselves, their families and contribute to the common good. We join the Bishops of the United States and call upon Congress to “immediately resume work toward a legislative solution”. We also call upon all people of good will to urge Congress to provide a path of citizenship for these young persons. It is a matter not only of mercy, but of justice.

While not a permanent solution DACA did provide safety and a sense of protection to allow persons to live a normal life. These young people are members of the military, students, employees and leaders within our parishes and communities, using their God-given talents and gifts to contribute to the good of all.

In Indiana approximately 10,000 Hoosiers and their families will live in anxiety, not knowing what to expect following the President’s order. We call upon President Trump not to turn our nation’s back on these young people and to instead work with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform that is just and respects the God-given dignity of these vulnerable youths and all immigrants especially those residing in the United States.

We stand in solidarity with DACA youth and their families who have been left unprotected from deportation and fear for their futures in the United States, their home. We say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.

Most Rev. Charles C. Thompson
Archbishop of Indianapolis

Most Rev. Donald J. Hying
Diocese of Gary

Most Rev. Timothy L. Doherty
Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

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