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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Preventing Termination of DACA Program

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I join with my brother bishops in welcoming the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prevents the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allowed hundreds of thousands of young people, including many who live in Virginia to work, go to school or serve in the military without fear of deportation. Terminating this program would be devastating for these vulnerable young people. Through our parishes and Catholic Charities Hogar Immigrant Services we will continue to stand with these young people who are woven into the fabric of our diocese and communities. Through the Virginia Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we will continue to urge the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that sets a legal path forward for these young people, called DREAMers.

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