The Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, endorse the position of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious — representing 80% of the women religious in the United States — and express our gratitude for the recent Supreme Court action that struck down the attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court's ruling safeguards the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home. This is an enormous victory toward protecting our colleagues, students, neighbors and friends in the Rochester area, and beyond, from the threat of deportation.

DACA recipients have long contributed to our communities and our economy. They are teachers and engineers, specialists and essential workers of every kind. Nearly 30,000 DACA recipients are among the healthcare workers nationwide combating the outbreak of COVID-19; working to prevent the spread of the virus and to save the lives of those infected.

Recently, we publicly stated our desire to be a compassionate presence in our world, respecting all persons and supporting efforts to promote racial equality. Our commitment to the Gospel mandate to uphold the dignity of all people requires that we recommit ourselves to the work of dismantling the systems that oppress people of color and to advocate for the protection of immigrants.

As such, we call upon Congress to move expeditiously to pass legislation that will provide lasting stability for DACA recipients, those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and the Dreamers, their families and our communities.

Rochester Franciscans, Sister Ramona Miller, Rochester