Statement from the Arizona Faith Network regarding the decision by President Trump to terminate the DACA Program

September 6, 2017

As partners in faith, the members of the Arizona Faith Network wish to express our grave concern that the decision on the part of President Trump to terminate the DACA program is a cause of stress and suffering for thousands of young men and women who were brought to the United States by their parents and, in many cases, have known no other nation as their home.  

Regardless of the complex immigration issues that are legitimately in need of comprehensive reform, the possibility that those who have been covered by the DACA program could be deported and families torn apart is morally repugnant.  

We challenge the Legislative and Executive branches of our Federal Government to address the underlying issues with a positive goal of regularizing the status of those who have long been residents in the United States, is respectful of protecting families and will treat with compassion those who cannot be held culpable for the legality of the decision that led to them reside in the United States of America.

On behalf of the Arizona Faith Network,

Rev. Michael L. Diskin