CHURCH ASKS FOR 10,000 LETTERS

The U.S. Catholic Church is deeply concerned by the

many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by

Democrats or by Republicans, to address the plight of

immigrants who were brought to the United States when

they were young and who have no pathway to regularize

their status. Started in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood

Arrivals (DACA), which the Trump Administration has

announced will end by March 2018, has protected

hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation.

In our Archdiocese, many DACA youth worship in our

parishes, attend our schools, and contribute to our

communities. We urge Congress to provide a path to

permanent residency for these young immigrants by

passing the DREAM Act or similar legislation.

To that end, we are joining with the other Roman Catholic

dioceses in the State of Ohio on a campaign to generate

10,000 letters to our congressional delegates across the

state. Why this number? Since it began, there have been

nearly 10,000 total applications approved for DACA in

Ohio, including renewals. We encourage other Catholic,

faith-based, and advocacy organizations to partner with us

in this appeal to Congress to live up to its responsibilities to

protect these young people as a step toward fixing our

broken immigration system. We will collect these letters

between now and December 18, International Migrants

Day. For more information, please contact our Catholic

Social Action Office.

This effort is part of a two-year, worldwide “Share

the Journey” campaign to be launched by Pope Francis on

September 27, inviting all to share the difficult journey of

migrants and refugees through prayer and support. The

Archdiocese will collect letters between now and

December 18, International Migrants Day.

“The Church stands with these brothers and sisters

of ours who have journeyed great distances to find life,

security, and hope for the future in our own

communities. Not only that, but we walk beside them,

listening to their stories, helping bear their loads, and

celebrating the gifts of culture and faith they bring to

us. Through them, we are reminded of who we really are:

pilgrims on a journey from this life to a greater Kingdom.”

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