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Educators at Jesuit schools and universities comprise a significant portion of the more than 1,400 educators at Catholic institutions, ranging from kindergarten through college, who are calling on the Trump administration to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) -- a policy that currently protects from deportation up to 800,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
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Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of the Migration Committee and Bishop of Austin, Texas, has issued a response to recent petitions by various state attorney generals and governors which asked the U.S. Department of Justice to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently provides a temporary status to over 750,000 young people throughout brought to the U.S. without documentation as children.
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The letter echoes the challenge Pope Francis laid before Congress in 2015 when he affirmed, “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples."