‘The dignity of every human being, particularly that of our
children and youth, must be protected’
The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
As Bishop and Curia of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, we are spiritually and morally motivated to raise our voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and Christians.
Grounded in our Catholic mission, we are guided by our commitment to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that works for justice.
As enunciated by Pope Francis:
“Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.” (Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 5 August 2014)
It is reported that there are approximately 7,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in Kansas. The vast majority of these DACA youth are in the Diocese of Dodge City.
DACA youth are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our schools, and involved members and leaders in our parishes. These young people entered the U.S. as children and know the United States of America as their only home. The dignity of every human being, particularly that of our children and youth, must be protected.
We urge our political leaders to continue administering the DACA program and to publicly ensure that DACA youth are not priorities for deportation.
DACA is not a permanent solution; for this reason, we also call all our political leaders to work in an expeditious and bipartisan manner to find a legislative solution for DACA youth as soon as possible.
We note the moral urgency for comprehensive immigration reform that is just and compassionate.