What would Jesus do about ‘Dreamers’? Not what Trump did, Christian leaders say

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Joey Santos, 12, top right, and Matthew Santos, 7, bottom right, of Costa Mesa, meet Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, at left, following a mass for immigration reform at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The Santos family joined about 400 Orange County residents attended the mass on July 21, 2013. (Photo: Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register/ZUMAPRESS.com)

The Trump administration’s announcement that the Obama-era program that gave temporary legal status to young undocumented immigrants was being scrapped sent shivers throughout churches across the country. Several prominen­t Catholics and evangelicals were united in their belief that ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, was not the Christian thing to do.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the preeminent Roman Catholic clergyman in America, condemned Trump’s decision, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, as contrary to the spirit of the Bible and the United States .

“All of the ‘Dreamers’ who now face such uncertainty and fear, please know that the Catholic Church loves you, welcomes you, and will fight to protect your rights and your dignity,” Dolan said.

If there is anything positive about President Trump’s action, he suggested, it’s that it might compel Congress “to pass humane legislation that will make the provisions of DACA law.”

Dolan’s formal statement and echoes what he said elsewhere. She also agrees with Archbishop José H. Gomez, from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who said, “The announcement to end DACA is a national tragedy and a moral challenge to every conscience.”” data-reactid=”35″>Carmen Cervantes, the executive director of Instituto Fe y Vida (Faith and Life Institute), which is dedicated to “empowering young Latinos for leadership in Church and society,” said she fully endorses from Yahoo News:

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