Statement of Bishop Richard Pates On the Cancellation of DACA

 I join the voices of the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in deploring the cancellation of the DACA program.  This action engenders needless fear among many of your young people who have already established their credentials for being good citizens:  education, employment in needed industries, extensive contributions throughout the economic spectrum.
     I personally know many of the individuals affected.  They are people of strong community and religious values.  Their departure from our midst would create a cultural and societal deficit which our country can ill afford.
      Governor Ray set the standard for outreach to refugees and immigrants for us Iowans.  All of us have benefited from the arrival of these brothers and sisters and have been significantly enriched.  I encourage the Iowa delegation to the U.S. Congress to take on the mantle of Governor Ray’s compassion and caring. In the very process we will manifest our humanitarian instincts and be much the better off.

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