Today the Supreme Court, by a 4-4 vote, allowed a lower court decision to stand which blocks the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) executive actions.
“While today’s split opinion does not decide the ultimate validity of the DACA and DAPA programs, it does mean that approximately 4 million people, including individuals who came to America as children, will continue to live in fear of deportation and without the immediate ability to improve their lives through education and good jobs,” said Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President and CEO of CCUSA. “While this ruling is deeply unfortunate, my hope is that the decision will renew our national dialogue on addressing comprehensive immigration reform and bring parity and equality to all God’s children.”
In 2014, Catholic Charities USA member agencies and affiliates offered refugee and immigrant services to 325,679 clients. Services provided to these clients included citizenship applications, family visa petitions, legal representations and DACA applications, among others. Immigration and refugee services are provided by Catholic Charities agencies in nearly every state, a clear indication of the expansive scope of this ongoing national issue.