Church World Service Joins Rally at Supreme Court

April 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. — Earlier today, Church World Service joined other faith, community, and immigrants’ rights advocates at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of DAPA and expanded DACA as the Court heard arguments in Texas v. United States.

“As an organization closely connected with communities and congregations around the United States, we see firsthand the tragic consequences of our nation’s outdated and immoral immigration policies,” said the Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service. “We urge the Supreme Court to remember the mothers, fathers and children who would benefit from DACA and DAPA and act swiftly with compassion and justice.”

Joined by 23 other faith groups, the organization filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs created by President Obama’s executive actions on immigration in November 2014. Urging the justices to lift the injunction on DAPA and expanded DACA, the brief was one of many in support of the programs, illustrating broad support for immediate implementation.

“As people of faith and as people living in a country built in part through the hard work, dreams, and determination of immigrants, we must urge our leaders to unfreeze DAPA and expanded DACA,” said the Rev. Dr. Earl Trent, Chairman of the Board for Church World Service, during his remarks at the rally in front of the Supreme Court. “It is incomprehensible that some are calling for the Supreme Court to deny opportunity to today’s purveyors of the American Dream. That’s not who we are as Americans. United, as people of faith, we urge the Supreme Court to act with moral courage and compassion, standing on the side of families and allowing the full implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA.”

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants, and others displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty.

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