BY ISN STAFF | February 16, 2018
In October 2017, two Brophy College Preparatory students who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protection from immigration enforcement to individuals brought illegally to the U.S. as children, stood in the Brophy gym before a large group of their peers. At a time when they should have been focused on academics, sports, hobbies, and friendships, these students were discussing the possibility of being deported from the place they call home – the United States. With growing passion, they talked about their journey and their fears.
These young men were sharing their response to the Trump Administration’s announcement on September 5, 2017, that DACA program would end—a choice that has put the lives of at least 690,000 DACA recipients and their families into limbo wondering what and where will their future be.
Seeking to build on the voices of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Jesuits of the United States, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Brophy Prep community initiated the “DREAM ON” campaign to champion a compassionate solution to the situation of DACA recipients, including members of their own community.
Brophy’s efforts culminated with two DACA-related events on Thursday, February 15. Brophy students shared their experience as DACA recipients, Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, highlighted humanitarian efforts along the border, and the Brophy administration articulated their commitment, founded in Catholic teaching, to a permanent solution for DREAMers.