Prayer to Supreme Court: Keep immigrant families together

Prayer to Supreme Court: Keep immigrant families together

An altar is set up in honor of immigrants, including those who have died on their journey to the United States, in a tent outside the Capitol where men and women will fast and pray for immigration reform. (Credit: RNS photo by Katherine Burgess.)

In a ruling due before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court could dash the hopes of thousands of men, women and children we should be proud to claim as Americans, in a ruling on a 2014 program known as DAPA, which also has a 2012 predecessor known as DACA. The acronyms are for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, respectively.

Commentary

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A few weeks ago after Mass at our local parish, I spoke with David, a young Guatemalan father who was anxious about the future. His concerns were understandable.

David is a devoted Catholic, a hard worker, and a family man. “I have been here for several years now, and my children are citizens,” he told me, gazing warmly at his chubby son in the stroller. “I worry that someday (the immigration authorities) will deport me and send me far away from them. This DAPA thing — it is the only hope to keep my family together.”

In a ruling due before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court could dash that hope — all David’s hopes — and those of thousands of other men, women and children we should be proud to claim as Americans.

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