Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Central CatholicSeptember 6, 2017
Dear Central Catholic students, families, and community,
As news broke of the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, members of our community become fearful of the impact to their families and school life. This recent announcement has caused many in our community concern. At Central Catholic we have, as our mission states, a duty to educate students according to our Catholic faith and to educate students from diverse backgrounds.
Previously, I wrote that the United States Catholic Bishops have given us clear teaching in the area of immigration. From the March 2017 Parent Newsletter: “First, people have the right to migrate to sustain their lives and families. Second, a country has the right to regulate its borders and control immigration. Last, a country must regulate those borders with justice and mercy. It is this last point that creates the room for debate.” The end of DACA has the potential to cause injustices not only across our nation but right here in our community.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Bishops wrote the following:
“The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: 'Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me' (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today's actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.”
Central Catholic joins the Bishops and hopes and urges the United States Congress to address this vital issue in a just and merciful way. We are committed to educate the students in our halls regardless of their parents’ immigration status. Any action to the contrary would not be in keeping with our mission or the mission of the Catholic Church. We remain hopeful and will pray for this outcome.
Jesus tells us, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35). As Christ taught us, Central Catholic believes it is our duty and mission to welcome the stranger among us. Regardless of the future action or inaction of Congress, today we affirm this mission. Central Catholic pledges to support our students and their families, regardless of their immigrant status, during this difficult time. We urge all of you, our Central Catholic community, to do the same.
John Garrow ‘76