Faith Groups File Brief with Supreme Court in Support of DACA and DAPA
24 Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant faith-based organizations filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the Obama administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.
The amicus brief, also known as a “friend of the court” brief, supports the administration’s appeal of a previous injunction blocking the programs’ ability to keep families and communities together. Should the injunction be lifted, over five million people would be granted relief from potential deportation and granted the ability to travel and work legally in the United States. The amicus brief details the disservice that the injunction poses to immigrant communities and the public at large by keeping individuals and families in fear of deportation, hesitant to report crimes and prohibited from seeking educational and employment opportunities.
Below are selected quotes from the organizations that joined the brief:
“The Supreme Court has held that the well-being of the family and the protection of children are central to considering the impact of immigration law and policy. Bread for the World encourages the court to consider the experiences of families escaping hunger, poverty, and violence, whose situations are made worse by deportation and detention. We urge the court to uphold the administration’s immigration guidelines.” Rev. David Beckmann; President, Bread for the World
“Every day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of our broken immigration system. We urgently need relief and justice for our immigrant brothers and sisters and a legal process that respects each person’s dignity, protects human rights, and upholds the rule of law. Although far from ideal, DACA/DAPA does that by keeping many families together and protecting children.” Bill Canny; Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“As an organization of 37 Protestant communions, Church World Service recognizes the often tragic impact that our nation’s outdated and immoral immigration has on families and communities. President Obama’s executive actions on DAPA and expanded DACA would provide over five million people with relief from fear of deportation, keeping families and communities united and whole. As people of faith, we are proud to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters in asking that the Supreme Court act with moral courage and stand on the side of families.” Rev. John L. McCullough; President and CEO of Church World Service
“Every day that the U.S. Congress refuses to address comprehensive immigration reform is another day at risk for millions of immigrant families. The relief offered by the expansion of DACA and the creation of DAPA, while not enough, will at least abate that risk for 4.5 million of our brothers and sisters. I join in this brief and lift up prayers for those whose lives can be made better with a ruling in favor of DACA and DAPA.” Rev. Gradye Parsons; Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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