Bishops representing the Catholic Church- including Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh which includes Butler County- have joined those calling to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA.
Zubik urged people to call their senators and congressional representatives and ask them to fight to continue the program which allows young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay here.
“These young people are known as the “dreamers” because they believe in the American dream. They have grown up here. They share our language, they share our values and they share their gifts and talents with us, their neighbors,” Bishop Zubik said in a statement.
President Donald Trump rescinded the program earlier this week but with a six-month delay.
“DACA is for young people with no criminal history, who are students or who have graduated high school or its equivalent or who are veterans of the U.S. military,” Zubik said. ” Over the past five years about 800,000 young people have benefitted and continue to benefit from this program. If it is discontinued, they stand to lose their work permits and face deportation to a country where they have no home.”