Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA protest

About 100 people -- including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity -- gathered in rotunda of Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience. The protest was intended to pressure Congress to take action on “Dreamers,” or people who were brought to the United States illegally as … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops announce “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers”

Faithful asked to call their elected representatives in Congress on Monday, Feb. 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families

  Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on … [Read more...]

‘Time to reconsider our tactics on DACA’

To win hearts and minds, Dreamers should do less disrupting and more listening and talking with Americans who disagree, says Isaac Cuevas

The following is from an Angelus article by Isaac Cuevas, associate director of immigration affairs for Los Angeles archdiocese: Recently, I found myself in a car with two DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program recipients driving from central L.A. to Camarillo to speak to seminarians about our country’s broken immigration system. We each shared our immigration … [Read more...]

Three CA bishops sign letter urging Republican support for DACA

Dec. 1 open letter signed by Bishop Kevin Vann (Orange), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino) and Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell (Los Angeles) calls on Rep. Mimi Walters and Rep. Ed Royce to back legislation

Congressional members Mimi Walters and Ed Royce have received a unique letter – it was signed by every Catholic pastor in their districts, and it asks for more action and less talk on DACA. Parishioners across Orange County also will hear more about the so-called Dreamers from their church pews this Sunday and throughout Advent, which leads up to Christmas. The bishops of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Jose Gomez urges action to protect DACA youths

Calls for Catholics in the Los Angeles archdiocese to​ urge their representatives in the U.S. House to protect young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents

With a deadline looming for congressional action, Archbishop José H. Gomez is calling on Catholics and all people in the Los Angeles Archdiocese to urge their House representatives to protect more than 800,000 young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents.  Most of these young people have been living without authorization in this … [Read more...]

Stockton diocese circulates DACA petitions at parishes

"We stand with Pope Francis who encourages us to build bridges"

Catholic churches in the Diocese of Stockton will take action on behalf of immigrants hoping for legal status following Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Parishioners may sign petitions, to be sent to lawmakers who represent members of the diocese: Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Tom McClintock and Paul Cook. They also will be sent to California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala … [Read more...]

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.

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 … [Read more...]

Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

Calling the program an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said administration wants Congress to act

Five years after the Obama administration enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, President Donald Trump has decided he will end it if Congress does not come up with a permanent solution before March 5, 2018. The decision was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

“We are talking about people who have grown up in this country since they were young children. America is all they know”

Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said. The proposed legislation “would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of more than one million young people who … [Read more...]