Other children have dreams too

Moral outrage over DACA cancellation should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion: Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

Many Americans are justifiably outraged at the lives that will be shattered by the cancellation of DACA – but that same sentiment should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion, said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I.

In a Sept. 5 Facebook post entitled “Other Children Have Dreams Too,” Bishop Tobin noted that he and his fellow bishops have been clear in opposing President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). [statements from California bishops are below]

“The President’s decision is a terribly shortsighted approach to a very complex problem. It will cause enormous division in our country and will short-circuit the dreams of many children and young people who were brought to this great country by their parents seeking only security, peace and prosperity,” the bishop said.

“At the same time, I wonder about the stunning lack of concern and compassion for the many unborn children who also don’t have a chance to live in our country because their lives are terminated by the cruel and violent practice of abortion,” he continued.

“They don’t have legal protection either. Their dreams are short-circuited too,” Bishop Tobin said. “What happened to the consistent ethic of life? Where’s the outrage on their behalf? Where’s the Governor on this issue? Where’s our Congressional delegation?”

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Statements from California bishops on President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

Archbishop José Gomez: “This is a national tragedy and a moral challenge to every conscience” 

Bishop Robert McElroy: “Untold families will be weeping

CCC: “DACA students are not the so-called “bad hombres,” an insidious label used to instill fear in others and feed racism and nativism” 

Bishop Gerald Barnes: “A continuation of the politics of division

Bishop Patrick McGrath: “We call upon Congress to pass laws that protect these young people

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: “DACA never was a permanent fix; that can only be accomplished by an act of Congress



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  1. Elizabeth M. says:

    DACA was ending on its own. President Trump has sent it to Congress where it belongs. Perhaps then there will become a good law and our immigration system will be fixed.

  2. Ed Pierini says:

    This is a wonderful perspective by Bishop Tobin that I’ll borrow for use in discussions on this topic. I agree with Mr. Raesbeck’s comment.

  3. Bp Tobin exactly right on abortion.

    But, Donald Trump is giving he and US Bishops a lesson in SUBSIDIARITY; that nations have the MORAL right and duty to govern themselves and need not cater to desires of other foreign countries or their citizens.

  4. God Bless Bishop Tobin for having the courage to speak out about abortion and comparing it to DACA. Where are his brother Bishops? Does Bishop McElroy have a clue as to how many of us Pro Lifers weep when we pray outside an abortion clinic and see all the women going into the abortion mill to kill their unborn child?

  5. Lou Cumming says:

    DACA was not cancelled. The bishop’s language is erroneous and inflammatory. This illegal act by the previous President was rightly put into the Congress by this President to fix sometime in the next 6 months.
    Will the “Dreamers” be required to make the U.S. Treasury “whole” for any and all welfare monies they and their illegally here parents have taken during their unlawful stay in this country? Their must be a price paid to
    the American taxpayer if the illegals are made “legal” by an act of Congress. Now the ball is where it should have been all along….with the Congress.

    • Panther Mom says:

      9/10ths of Dreamers have jobs
      72 percent are in higher education,
      80 percent got driver’s licenses for school and to help family members
      About half became organ donors

      The U.S. would lose about $460 billion in GDP over the next 10 years without DACA.
      Almost eight out of 10 American voters support DACA and its benefits for young undocumented immigrants.

      Learn the facts. Grow a heart. Support DACA

      • Your “facts” are suspect to say the least and of course you do not site sources. I suggest you put your biases on hold, do a little more “fact” finding, and stop making judgments about people’s hearts. I spent two seconds searching the report below which casts doubt on all your “facts.” Is the report true? I don’t know. But I’m willing to bet the two seconds I spent is twice the time you spent gathering your “facts.”

        Former United States Citizenship and Immigration Services manager of the agency’s investigative unit, Matt O’Brien, alleges that the fraud rate for DACA is roughly “40 to 50 percent” and potentially even “higher”: “Based on what I had seen and what I discussed with my colleagues, the fraud rate is 40…

        • to 50 percent. It’s possible that it was higher,” he told LifeZette this week. USCIS employees did quick checks of DACA applications, he said, rather than thorough reviews, “in order to get the DACAs all racked and stacked quickly.”

          He and the investigators working under him, called adjudicators, often found evidence that someone had lied about his DACA qualifications, but the office of the chief counsel at USCIS, he said, almost always dismissed the adjudicator’s recommendation to deny the application.

          “I would say 98 percent of the time, they defaulted to approving them,” he said.

  6. You mean the sins of the parents do NOT affect the children for even one generation much less to the fifth, sixth generation? Ex 25:6
    Since when is the Bible incorrect?

  7. I wonder if this Congress will be able to do anything. After all, the majority had seven years to repeal/replace/repair Affordable Care. So far they have nothing to show for it. I question whether, after six months, Congress having done nothing, President Trump will terminate DACA six months before an election. We’ll see.

  8. The Real Ralph says:

    Jesus never said it was okay to burden others with your made-up religious and political beliefs. That is not Catholic compassion. Legalizing of 800,000 to 25 million illegal immigrants shows ZERO compassion for the victims of this policy – the working poor legitimately here—those who lose their jobs, those whose wages are lowered, those whose children cannot get a decent education due to classrooms burdened with illegal children who cannot speak English, those who are victims of the wave of crime. It is the working poor who follow the rules who disproportionately suffer the negative consequences of this phony Catholic compassion by the bishops who seem to do nothing but expose their own sickening Marxist bent over and over.

  9. John Patrick says:

    Stick to teaching the Catholic Faith which has little to do with illegal aliens. The question is: Mexico is an advanced country with many freedoms similar to the US. Why is it considered so terrible a place to live?

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      When I was a stranger you welcomed me. When was I a stranger?

      • Read St. Thomas Aquinas on immigration. Read ALL of the Old Testament, and you will find out that Israel limited immigration into their country. People from hostile nations were not allowed in, except perhaps for rare exceptions. Foreigners were not allowed to become full citizens until the second or third generation, depending on how soon they assimilated. Certain tribes, such as the Moabites, were never allowed to become citizens because their laws conflicted with the laws of Israel.

  10. This Tobin is the good one.

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