To the DREAMERS of Colorado,
I have been following closely the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and it was a great disappointment this morning to see that President Donald Trump has chosen to end the program in six months.
As I said last week in a statement, the Archdiocese of Denver values the 17,000 Coloradans who have benefited from DACA, several of whom work for the Archdiocese of Denver, either at Centro San Juan Diego or in one of our parishes. Some of you are personal friends. You are a tremendous gift!
If the program as we know it ends, we will have to terminate the employment of our DREAMERS, who with their energy, enthusiasm and love for the faith have contributed in a positive manner to the Catholic Church here in northern Colorado. You are faithful workers who give of yourselves to serve others and are virtuous contributors to our society.
Unfortunately, the current situation has been brought about by the fundamental problem of congressional inaction that goes back decades and has allowed a broken immigration system to languish, leaving you and your families, already living difficult circumstances, to grapple with its failures.
We must remember, however, that the person comes before politics and ideologies of political parties. A person’s fundamental identity is that of a child of God, not their immigration status. The dignity of every human being is bestowed by God, not by society.
As Pope Francis said earlier this year, “the defense of human beings knows no barriers; we are all united in wanting to ensure a dignified life for every man, woman, child forced to abandon their land.”
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