Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented in 2012 and rescinded in 2017. Existing DACA applicants may re-apply as the federal litigation regarding the legality of the program is on-going.  USCCB supports DACA youth and has advocated for the DREAM Act in the years it was introduced in Congress. Below are some resources, including backgrounders and letters of support from USCCB Committee on Migration and USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services.

Advocacy Resources:

116th Session of Congress

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

Dream Act Letter of Support in the United States Senate

Dream and Promise Act Backgrounder

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 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

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