A Christian organization based in Washington, D.C., is urging Congress to protect “Dreamers,” undocumented citizens brought to the U.S. as children, criticizing President Donald Trump’s plan to void the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bread for the World, a faith-based enterprise that also performs research, said in a release that many undocumented immigrants are driven to enter the U.S. by food shortages and violence an their home countries. The group said its findings frame undocumented immigration as a global problem for “both sides of the border.” averring that food insecurity does not vanish once refugees find themselves on U.S. soil.
Bread for the World's president, the Rev. David Beckmann, said undocumented immigrants are almost twice as likely to suffer from food shortages, and he expressed a universal obligation to care for new arrivals.
“Ending the DACA program puts hundreds of thousands of young people into limbo; it is now up to Congress to take immediate steps to protect them,” Beckmann said in the release. “Many of these young people are from households struggling with hunger and poverty, and often support their families. They are clearly making a positive contribution to the U.S. economy.”