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I join my voice with those who are disheartened by the news that President Trump will rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Standing with my brother Bishops, I urge Congress and the President to enact legislation that will safeguard those currently protected by this important program.

While the issue of immigration is complicated—and our government has many considerations to balance in responding to the influx of those who seek safety, and personal and economic security in our country—offering special protection to those who only know the United States as home is a reasonable measure of compassion.

This news is undoubtedly troubling for the hundreds of thousands approved through DACA. I ask all Catholics and people of good will in the Diocese of Arlington to keep these individuals, as well as our government officials, in prayer. May we as a country be considerate of our neighbors and defend those whom we have offered protection and safe harbor.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington


“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1

The governing authorities - the United States of America and its laws - prohibited these people from ever coming to our country. If we then ask them to leave, according to the Bible, they should.

Of course, we should share the wealth. So we offer opportunities for people to apply for visas and wait their turn to come to our country. People who lack lawful residency are here because they “cut in line,” and that’s not fair to the people who’ve obeyed the lawful process for gaining entry into our country.

Bishops with a degree in stupid, unite!

Leave it to a senior Catholic official to leave the confines of religion and wade into politics.

1. We did not “offer protection and safe harbor” to the overwhelming majority of these individuals.  They broke our laws and stole identities simply for their own personal gain.  If such a motive justified breaking laws, we have no country.

2. I am confident a Catholic bishop would love to throw open the borders to all 500M-1B low-skilled workers from around the world.  More “recruits” as they say even if his current members are harmed economically.

3. Why are we listening to an official from an organization that is widely gauged to have amassed more wealth than any other organization.  It turns a profit of $64M/year just on running its Vatican museums.  And he’s lecturing us about “sharing the wealth”?!

Catholic officials should be worried about cleaning up their own corruption (and boy where do we start) and not wade into immigration politics.

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