The DACA repeal – what the bishops are saying

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Here is the text of a letter we received today from the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We encourage all parishioners to prayerfully read the bishops’ letter.

September 5, 2017

Dear Father, Pastoral Coordinator:
With deep alarm we learned this morning of the cancellation of the DACA program and a
schedule to phase-out the program in the next six months, unless Congress acts to pass a
legislative solution. We want to express clearly at this time our concern for all the young people
– Americans – who are affected by this troubling decision. We know many “Dreamers” in
western Washington and admire the extraordinary contributions they are making to our
communities and the vibrancy of our parishes. To penalize them because they entered the
United States without documents as minors with their parents is unjust and does not reflect the
proud tradition of our country.
As Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops, said today, “These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their
only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth
live out their daily lives with hope and determination to flourish and contribute to society:
continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and
continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures,
these brave young people face deportation.”
With Cardinal DiNardo and the excellent staff of the USCCB, we intend to strongly urge
Congress to pass a legislative solution that is humane and fair. Not to do so would be to turn
away from our very own sisters and brothers. We encourage all Catholics in western
Washington to let their voices be heard as well. Please refer to the Washington State Catholic
Conference’s (WSCC) action alert and add your voice to ours.
To our young friends who are fearful of deportation as a result of this decision by the
Trump Administration, we want you to know that we are with you, that we pray for you, and that
in the name of the Lord Jesus, we will do all we can to make the United States your permanent

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle

Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo,  Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

MSpS Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenborg, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle


Get a PDF of the letter: DACA-Bishops Response 9-5-17