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Sisters of Mercy Condemn Trump Administration’s Immoral and Unjust Ending of DACA for Young Immigrants

September 05, 2017

Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represents an historic injustice and a violation of the human dignity of over 800,000 young people, while diminishing us all as a nation.

DACA, put in place by the previous Administration only after repeated failures in Congress to pass just, comprehensive immigration reform, has granted work permits and enabled young immigrants to attend school and raise families without fear of deportation. DACA recipients have become some of the most talented and hard-working members of our Mercy educational institutions and the local communities in which we live and serve.

Sisters of Mercy and our partners around the United States have a long history of working with immigrants. Our Catholic faith calls us to "welcome the stranger" and ensure a dignified life for all God’s people. We join others in the faith community to stand in solidarity with DACA recipients and add our voice in strong resistance to the immoral ending of this program, as well as the Administration’s threats to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for other immigrant communities.

Although President Trump had repeatedly pledged to treat DACA recipients “with heart,” his decision to wind down DACA is deeply troubling. We agree that Congress needs to pass just immigration policy reform, but this action by the Administration abdicates its responsibility and promise to DACA recipients, and undermines our nation's professed values of fairness, welcome and compassion.

We will not stand by as DACA recipients and their families, as well as other undocumented immigrants and vulnerable groups, are scapegoated and blamed for the economic and social problems facing this country.

We will continue to pray and stand in solidarity with immigrant communities. We will work with other coalitions to end the cruel systems of detention and deportation, and advocate for Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 and other just bipartisan legislation that enshrines the values of family unity and replaces this country’s outdated immigration system.

Advocate with us.

PHOTO:  Members of Sisters of Mercy Institute Leadership Team and Justice Team participate in rally near the White House.  View additional photos here.

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