DACA decision meets swift Catholic condemnation

At the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights headquarters in Los Angeles, Paulina, 26, reacts to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Sept. 5 announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is "being rescinded" by President Donald Trump. Paulina, a DACA recipient, arrived in the U.S. when she was 6 years old. (Newscom/Reuters/Monica Almeida)

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."

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A version of this story appeared in the Sept 22-Oct 5, 2017 print issue under the headline: Catholics swift to condemn decision to abandon Dreamers .

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