Along with Pope Francis, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop McGrath, the President of Santa Clara University and many more Catholic voices in the U.S., St. Franics of Assisi Parish,in San Jose, voices support for the young DACA people affected by the decision to stop this program in the next two years.
DACA has helped many young people who were brought here by their parents when they were children and who have known this country as their home. They have been good members of the community, going to school or working and serving in the military. This place has been their home. Uprooting them and sending them out of the country would only harm them and break up their families.
Many people in this country believe that they should be allowed to benefit from the DACA program, continue their study or work here, and continue to make the contribution to the country that they are already making. We believe that compassion should trump legalism in this case.
Our parish outreach committee will continue to monitor the situation and do what is necessary, at the local level, to support our DACA young people.