Following a mini-summit on immigration at the White House Jan. 9, the U.S. Catholic bishops said they were “encouraged by the consensus” that emerged on helping the “Dreamers” currently protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

 In a statement, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, who heads the bishops’ migration committee, the bishops’ support for efforts by the president and Congress to “fashion a just solution that meets their needs, ensures our nation’s safety and security, and sets the stage for the larger debate on immigration reform that is so urgently and desperately needed.” ÓÉä