JOINT STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ROLLBACK OF PROTECTIONS FOR DREAMERS

HOPE BORDER INSTITUTE

BISHOP OSCAR CANTU, DIOCESE OF LAS CRUCES

BISHOP MARK J. SEITZ, DIOCESE OF EL PASO

A Betrayal of Leadership. The Need for a Moratorium on Deportations.

Jesus taught that law should be at the service of human beings and communities (Mk. 2:27). Jesus showed that leadership is about transcending petty divides, defending the vulnerable, and guaranteeing human dignity.

The devastating news that the Trump administration has rolled back basic protections from deportation for young immigrants is a betrayal of the law’s greater purpose, a betrayal of leadership’s duty to protect the innocent, and a betrayal of the compassion the President Trump promised Dreamers. 

Our border communities know the contributions, hopes and character of our Dreamers, forged in a climate of endless anxiety, uncertainty and political turmoil. Nearly one million strong across the country, Dreamers are leaders in our parishes, graduates from our schools, veterans of our armed services, and first responders who have provided brave service in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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