The Trump administration announced Tuesday, Sept. 5, that it will end the program that shields from deportation those who were brought to the United States as children. The decision was made despite calls from faith leaders and the business community and despite pressure from within Donald Trump's own White House to keep the policy.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA, protects from deportation up to 800,000 people under the age of 35 who were brought to the United States as children. Begun five years ago under President Barack Obama, the administrative program allows those with DACA status to legally work in the United States.
The Trump administration's announcement met swift condemnation from all areas of the Catholic church.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a written statement called the decision "reprehensible."