Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) strongly opposes the decision to terminate the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5, 2018 or after six months. Nearly 8,000 people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are DACA recipients; they are our neighbors, they are employed, pay taxes and have families. They are among the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States whose lives are upended today by the Administration’s decision. DACA recipients defend America’s freedom in the U.S. military, attend universities and provide financial stability for their families and themselves.
We strongly and immediately urge Congress to pass legislation that would allow children brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own to remain permanently in the only home they know. We implore Congress to immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. CCAB stands with Dreamers and will continue to advocate for moral and humane legislation and provide legal guidance to those impacted by the policy reversal.