Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, June 25, 2018

20170913T1144 11432 CNS USCCB DACA CONGRESS 800Immigration activists and those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, take part in a rally Sept. 12 in Washington. (CNS photo)In response to pending elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Catholic bishops of Connecticut have issued a statement asking the state's congressional delegation to back legislation that will ensure continuation of the program.

The statement, released today, says that the DACA program assists approximately 8,000 undocumented young people in Connecticut who were brought to the United States as children and who will have no voice in their future without it.

It asks the congressional delegation to work with members of both major political parties to effect passage of DACA legislation before the expiration of the six-month grace period that is provided in President Trump's executive order.

The statement is signed by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Michael R. Cote of Norwich and Bishop P. Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford. Read statement here: