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Ending DACA will lead to ‘humanitarian crisis,’ says L.A. archbishop

Brenda Martinez worries her family will be separated if she is deported due to ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which currently allows her to stay in the United States. She arrived in the United States at the age of 6 and currently lives in Indianapolis, Ind. with her husband and daughters Luna, 4, and Athenea, 5 months, who both are United States citizens.

LOS ANGELES — Congress must separate "the conversation about DACA" from the "larger issues" about U.S. immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead "to a humanitarian crisis," especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

"As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to the 'Dreamers.' These young people have done nothing wrong. And their futures hang in the balance of these debates," he wrote in a column. "So, I hope you will join me in urging our leaders in Congress to help them in a spirit of generosity and justice."

Friends of DACA student question policy change

Areli Reyes, center, was brought to the United States from Mexico by her parents when she was 7. She remains in the U.S. legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. She now attends Forest Park Community College, where she talked with friends Kim Dang and Kristen Nipper after class.

Molly Paterson met Areli Reyes in third grade at Flynn Park Elementary School in University City.

"We were in Girls Scouts together and things like that and became really good friends" through middle school and high school, Paterson said.

She knows her friend as a hard worker in and outside of school. Reyes, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson, worked at a frozen yogurt shop through high school and in community college.

Catholic judicial nominee grilled by senators on her religious views

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., spurred outrage about possible religious tests for judicial appointees when she questioned a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

Reaction from Catholic leaders to the hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was swift, with the head of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious liberty calling the Senate hearing "deeply disappointing."

Papal interview on the plane: Pope says he hopes Trump reconsiders DACA decision

Pope Francis gestured as he listened to a question from a journalist aboard his flight from Cartagena, Colombia, to Rome Sept. 10. In the interview, Pope Francis spoke about President Trump's recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA-- Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said.

Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

Editorial | When practicality and a Gospel mandate meet

The absurdity of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program might best be summed up by reports by McClatchy and other news sources. The news outlets reported that some young immigrants protected by the program who were brought to the U.S. undocumented as children and later enlisted in the military are worried they'll be deported, left without legal protection to stay in the country they signed up to defend.

Rescinding of DACA threatens ‘Dreamers’ who want to be citizens

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Editor's note: Updated Sept. 5 at 2:00 p.m. with information on rescinding of DACA and statements from Archbishop Carlson and the USCCB.

Vivian Garcia is freshman at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, an artist and an ardent supporter of democracy. She wants to be a lawyer and go into politics or some form of governmental leadership here someday.

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