Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Respond to the
Supreme Court Decision on DACA

June 18, 2020

The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, welcomes the Supreme Court decision which stops the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program for now. While we are grateful the DACA recipients can safely live and work in the US for the time being, the effect of the decision will not prevent the Trump Administration from trying again to end the program. This decision does nothing to allay the fears of DACA recipients, but rather continues to keep them in limbo not knowing if they could face deportation in their future. This program, begun by President Obama in 2012, has allowed approximately 700,000 young adults without legal status who have been in the United States since they were children to work and to pursue higher education without fear of deportation.

DACA recipients are vital members of our society and contribute much to our country as evidenced in their generous efforts in dealing with COVID-19 in this country.  More than 200,000 DACA recipients are working to protect our health and safety at this time. They are insuring that children are still being educated; food is still being grown, packaged, cooked, shipped, and put on the shelves of grocery stores; patients are being cared for; and much more.

DACA was never meant to be permanent. It is clear that we need a legislative solution that would provide the DACA recipients the opportunity to obtain U.S. citizenship and fully integrate into American civil life. We call on our members of congress to move quickly in designing and passing immigration legislation that would provide a humane and just solution for our immigrant sisters and brothers seeking lawful status in our country including DACA recipients who are vital members of our communities. 

Throughout our 173 year history our sisters have ministered with immigrant communities throughout the U.S. in education, law, healthcare, social services and pastoral care.  DACA recipients are our neighbors, our parishioners and our co-workers. We know first-hand the fear and uncertainty that plagues immigrant young people and their families.

Our ministry stems from the belief that all people are made in the image of God. We take seriously the Gospel call to respond to those in need and to honor the dignity of all people. Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel summarizes the bedrock of Catholic Social Teaching: human dignity, the common good and the preferential option for the poor. We have long advocated for just immigration laws including permanent status for DACA recipients. 

Our country has a dismal record in acknowledging the inherent dignity of each human being and acknowledging the contributions of the Native American people, African members of our society, and various immigrant groups over the course of history.  This is our moment to acknowledge our need for immigrants and their need for us.

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