Catholic Church defends the Dreamers
The day after the Trump administration announced the end of DACA — Deferrred Action for Childhood Arrivals — 200 people gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland to pray the rosary, attend a Spanish-language Mass, hear a message from Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and learn from immigration attorneys from Catholic Charities of the East Bay.
The bishop reminded his "brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith" that "The Son of God was an immigrant, who obeyed his parents, whose family was welcomed in a 'foreign land.'
"The Church teaches that all human beings are children of God first. We are made in the image and likeness of God — that gives all of us a dignity that no government can ever take away," he said.
Bishop Barber called on Congress to pass legislation that will make the provisions of DACA law. "Congress has the duty and responsibility to provide a way for these men, women and children — who are very much a part of our communities — to continue to live their lives as productive and valued members of our country, he said. He encouraged "all people of good will" to encourage their members of Congress in this action.
The bishop's words echoed those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which called on all Catholics to "join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in defense of human dignity" and promising, "The Church will not waver in her defense of our sisters and brothers of all faiths who suffer at the hands of merciless persecutors."
During his trip back to Rome from his visit to Colombia, Pope Francis said that he hopes President Trump "rethinks it a bit."
"I've heard the president of the United States speak; he presents himself as a man who is pro-life, a good pro-lifer," the pope said. "If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and its unity must be defended."
Pope Francis said people must be very careful not to dash the hopes and dreams of young people or make them feel "a bit exploited," because the results can be disastrous, leading some to turn to drugs or even suicide.
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