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Oakland bishop urges President to retain DACA

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Oakland bishop urges President to retain DACA


Oakland bishop urges President to retain DACA

U.S. "is a better place because of them," Bishop Barber said. Diocese hosting prayer and information night Sept. 6


For Immediate Release
September 1, 2017

OAKLAND – Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has urged President Donald Trump to keep his promise to protect vulnerable children and youth, and allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to remain in place, echoing the appeal by other Catholic bishops and organizations.

“These youth were brought as children to this country by their parents, often fleeing violence and oppression in their homeland. Their hope was that they would find safety and a chance to live healthy and productive lives,” Bishop Barber explained. “We cannot turn them out now. Our country is a better place because of them. They invoke the spirit of the American dream with great vibrancy and valor.”

There are approximately 800,000 young people who would be impacted by any changes to DACA. They are economic contributors, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities.

“If the president makes the unwise decision to close DACA, I reinstate our commitment to support our Dreamers”. Bishop Barber said. “We need you. You are part of our family.”

The Oakland Diocese will host a prayer service and information evening for those concerned about young people in the DACA program on Sept. 6 at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. The evening will begin with a rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Bishop Barber will address the gathering following Mass, and resources will be available. For more information, contact Cristina Hernandez, diocesan Coordinator for Life and Justice, at 510-267-8379 or .

Read Bishop Barber's statement during the Sept. 6 event

The Diocese of Oakland serves two counties in the East Bay region, Alameda and Contra Costa, and includes approximately 400,000 Catholics in 84 parishes.

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