September 05, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) President John Garvey issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017:

“I hope that the President’s decision to discontinue the DACA program does not signify an unwillingness to sign legislation providing the same relief, if Congress can finally agree to address this serious concern. The more than 800,000 young people who qualified for this provision were brought to the United States by their parents or guardians. They abide by our laws, are employed or seeking an education, and contribute to our economy and our communities. I join our Catholic bishops and many other college and university presidents in urging Congress to implement these protections as part of comprehensive immigration reform, so that these young people may confidently pursue a better life through residency or citizenship. Our country's moral quality is measured by the way we treat those who most need our assistance. DACA has given young people a shot at an education and a better life. Elimination without a more comprehensive solution means abandonment. We can and must do better.”

President Garvey appeared on EWTN News Nightly on Friday, Aug. 31, to discuss DACA and immigration reform in light of Catholic teaching.

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