BY ISN STAFF | March 5, 2020
The Ignatian Solidarity Network announces the launch of a new campaign, titled Faces of DACA: What’s at Stake?, exploring the impact of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In November 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the DACA program and in spring 2020 will announce its ruling on the future of the program.
Through the stories of DACA recipients, the Faces of DACA campaign urges the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to better understand the gravity of what is at stake in this moment for DACA recipients and for our country. Each month until the Supreme Court decision is announced, ISN will release four Faces of DACA one-pagers for use at Jesuit and other Catholic parishes and organizations. These will provide a quick look at the national realities of DACA, a brief Q&A with a DACA recipient in the Jesuit network, and a call to action to advocate for the passage of a clean Dream Act in the Senate to provide permanent protection for DACA recipients.
Since 2012, the DACA program has protected eligible undocumented youth and young adults from deportation and has provided them with a renewable work permit for two years. Along with a number of criteria, individuals must pay $495 and prove they are not a threat to national security. DACA is not a pathway to citizenship in any way.
In September 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA and put recipients in danger of deportation. Numerous lawsuits were brought against the Administration. These successful lawsuits allowed DACA recipients to continue to renew their DACA but denied applications from new eligible individuals.
“Faces of DACA provides a vital moment of encounter for the Ignatian family as we consider the gravity of what this Supreme Court decision means for members of our network, including students, parishioners, and employees of Jesuit and other Catholic institutions and organizations,” shared José Arnulfo Cabrera, director of education and advocacy for migration for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. “Our goal is that these stories will draw our network into a deeper understanding of the realities facing DACA recipients and will mobilize individuals to take action in support of the Dream Act.”
The Faces of DACA series is made possible through the generous support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.