Catholic Charities USA commends federal judge’s ruling to fully restore DACA

This is an important victory for this country’s Dreamers

Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) commends the decision by the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“This is an important victory for our country’s Dreamers,” said Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA. “We commend this ruling which will protect the hundreds of thousands of individuals who know no other home than the United States, many of whom are essential workers and have been on the frontlines during this pandemic.”

An estimated 800,000 young people have received and benefitted from the DACA program. Loving parents brought these young people to the United States with a focus on providing their children with the hope, opportunity, and safety unavailable in their countries of birth. Catholic Charities agencies have served DACA recipients and their families throughout the program’s existence. Catholic Charities will continue to work with all immigrants, migrants and refugees as we have for over 100 years.

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