Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Archbishop of Los Angeles

February 26, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this morning on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does not change anything.

Congress has the responsibility to make immigration policy. It is long past time for members of Congress to take their responsibilities seriously — seriously enough that they are willing to act with courage to negotiate and seek compromises and resist the temptation to keep using this issue for their political advantage.

People’s lives and families’ futures hang in the balance. Now is the time to pass legislation that enables the Dreamers to become citizens and full contributing members of our society. 

This is the first step to fixing our broken immigration system. We also need measures that will enhance the security and safety of our communities and reform our visa system. These matters can and should be dealt with by Congress.

But what is urgent right now is for Congress to take action to protect the Dreamers. Without it, these young people will lose their permission to work in this country and face deportation. This is wrong and it is up to Congress to make it right.

I am urging the Catholic family here in Los Angeles to join our brothers and sisters across the country in the U.S. Bishops’ National Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers, which is scheduled for today.

I urge everyone to call 1-885-589-5698 to tell your Senators and Representatives to do the right thing — protect the Dreamers and fix our broken immigration system.