The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy set up during the Obama administration. DACA covers approximately 800,000 young people brought to the United States as minor and, under the program, they were allowed to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligiblity for a work permit. In the absence of congressional action, the decision to rescind the policy puts DACA recipients in jeopardy.
The decision to end DACA is heartless and cruel. As people of faith and advocates for justice, we believe that everyone should be able to live and create families with dignity and respect, free from fear and state-based violence. The sacred worth of all people is inherent and in no way dependent on performance, productivity, or so-called ‘economic value.’
We lament the decision to end DACA, join in solidarity with undocumented immigrants in our local and religious communities, and vow to fight tirelessly for immigrant justice and immigration reform.
We urge all people of faith to make their voices heard in halls of power, at protests, and in their congregations. If we intend to follow the principles of our faiths—to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger—this is our charge.