CBCP official hits decision to end DACA

CBCP official hits decision to end DACA
Protesters against the end of DACA outside the White House, Sept. 5, 2017. MATT HADRO/CNA

MANILA— A prelate recently expressed concern about the future of Filipinos who could be affected by the United States’ new immigration policy.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, called the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, as “heartless and lacking in compassion”.

“It is very sad, disappointing, and bitter news that DACA is rescinded. This would mean we stop them to dream, and to dream big. And the message it projects is that there is no hope with their stay or in their future,” Santos said.

The prelate of the Balanga diocese said it is unfortunate that children have to be punished for the mistakes of their parents.

“We sympathize and stand with those children. It is not their fault, not their mistakes, and [they] have not done any wrongdoings. Thus, they should never be the one to suffer,” he said.

President Donald Trump, who had made the issue of immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, has ordered the phase-out of the program that allows undocumented immigrant children to stay legally in the US.

The decision has also earned immediate condemnation from Catholic church leaders and even immigration officials in the US.

The Philippine Foreign Affairs department said Trump’s decision could affect an estimated 10,000 Filipinos alone from about 800,000 immigrants who may end up deported.

The bishop then rallied the faithful to pray for the Trump administration’s change of heart.

“We also ask our chaplains to pray with us and offer Holy Masses for the government leaders to do what is best, most beneficial and blessed to our migrant children,” added Santos. CBCPNews