In a June 18 pastoral letter, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addressed the Supreme Court’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Today I rejoice in the renewal of dreams and the transformation of heartbreak into hope that today’s Supreme Court decision brings to our nation’s more than 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, their families and their communities,” the letter read, in part.
“Since 2012, DACA has provided protection from deportation to young people who have grown up as members of our churches and as neighbors enriching our common life,” the letter continued. “It has allowed them to remain in the only home they have ever known, pursue their educations, and work to strengthen our communities. For these reasons the ELCA has been on record in support of such a program since 2011.”