Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented in 2012; The Trump Administration attempted to end DACA on September 5, 2017, allowing one-time renewal for those whose status was set to expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. For nearly three year the attempt to terminate DACA was the subject of litigation and multiple nationwide preliminary injunctions.[v] In a decision issued on June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that has at least temporarily prevented the Administration from ending the program. Although the DACA program is safe from elimination for the time being, it is essential that the Senate act to provide more permanent protection to Dreamers.

It is imperative that the Senate now acts to pass legislation that will provide permanent relief to DACA and Dreamer youth. USCCB supports the DREAM Act and H.R. 6 the American Dream and Promise Act. Below are some resources, including backgrounders and letters of support from USCCB Committee on Migration and USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services.

 

New!!! Advocacy Resources on the Contributions of Dreamers and the Risks to Ending DACA

Current Advocacy Resources:

DACA: What Should I Do Now?

DACA: ¿Qué Debo Hacer Ahora?

Suggested Intercessions for Prayers of the Faithful

Intercesiones sugeridas para las oraciones de los fieles

 

Litigation Resources:

USCCB and Partners Supreme Court Amicus Brief: DHS vs. Regents of University of California Et al.

 

116th Session of Congress

House H.R. 6 “American Dream and Promise Act” Letter of Support

Senate Dream Act Letter of Support in the United States

Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) Backgrounder

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA” Backgrounder (updated 3/19)

 

115th Session of Congress

Background Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act – Spring 2018

Dream Act, USA Act & Need for Legislative Action Talking Points – Spring 2018

Dreamer “Deal” Legislation Chart in the 115th Congress – Spring 2018

DREAM Act of 2017 USCCB Letter of Support to Senators – July 2017

 

Family Based Immigration and Dreamer Toolkit – 

 

Comparison chart between potential DACA & Dreamer Legislation in 115th Congress

Background on the Dream Act 2017

Background on the Differences between the DREAM Act and BRIDGE Act

 

 

Previous Statements on DACA and Dreamer Legislation

USCCB Committee on Migration Support of DACA Statement – July 18, 2017. Read the statement in Spanish here.

Statements from Bishops and Catholic Conferences on DACA Recission September, 2017

USCCB Statement Urging President to Maintain DACA – August 30, 2017

USCCB Statement on DREAM Act – September 12, 2017

Joint BRIDGE Act Letter of Support from USCCB and Catholic Charities USA – January, 2017

USCCB Statement of Support on DACA Youth – June 15, 2012