LA Catholics are gathering together to pray for the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ahead of a key Supreme Court hearing.
The Supreme Court is set to hear testimonies Nov. 12 from both sides as it weighs whether the decision by the Trump administration to wind down DACA is reviewable by the court, and whether that decision was legal in the first place.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Immigration Affairs will host a Rosary and Mass in solidarity with immigrants on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood.
DACA recipients will be present to share their testimonies and participate in the Rosary and Mass focused on Our Holy Mother’s support of immigrants and migrants. The pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, which has been traveling across the tri-county archdiocese, will be present at the parish for the Rosary and Mass.
In his Nov. 7 column, ‘DACA and our future,’ Archbishop José H. Gomez wrote that “in this great country, we should not have young people living under the threat of deportation, their lives dependent on the outcome of a court case,”
“The issues at stake are legal, but they are also humanitarian, economic, and moral," he wrote.
Isaac Cuevas, director of Immigration and Public Affairs for the archdiocese, told Angelus that this is an issue that affects many people in parishes around Southern California -- and one that has dragged on for too long.
“Just about every Dreamer sees the United States as their home. As people of faith, we need to pray for the Supreme Court justices, legislators, and our executive branch to do what is best for them and our country.”
A ruling on the case is not expected until June of next year.