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Defer immigrant deportations, USCCB argues in friend-of-court brief

March 11, 2016

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined 24 other religious organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in United States v. Texas, a case before the Supreme Court.

In 2014, the Obama administration announced Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which deferred the deportation of parents of citizens and permanent legal residents. A federal appellate court subsequently ruled that DAPA was inconsistent with federal immigration law.

In their brief, the USCCB and other religious organizations backed DAPA, stating that it

provides important benefits to those most vulnerable in our society and to those who serve them. By reducing unwarranted deportations, the Immigration Guidance also ensures that the public will continue to benefit from the substantial contributions of recent immigrants.


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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 12, 2016 12:40 PM ET USA

    The political Church remains active while ignoring its duty to educate and inform the laity. It is no wonder that the laity is "retiring" from active participation since the hierarchy see no active role for them!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 11, 2016 7:55 AM ET USA

    Recent immigrants? On the one hand, we have children of illegal aliens who are born on U.S. soil. These are U.S. citizens by occasion of birth. On the other, we have illegal aliens who were born elsewhere and do not qualify by that fact as U.S. citizens or legal residents. On the third hand, we have legal immigrants. The U.S. Catholic bishops should preach orthodox practical theology, insist that their priests do the same, and urge the laity to elect orthodox Catholics to political office.