The Valley Catholic January 16, 2018 - Page 4

4 COMMUNITY January 16, 2018 | The Valley Catholic Bishop McGrath Tells Dreamers to Dream at DACA Press Conference By Liz Sullivan Gathered in front of Most Holy Trin- ity Church in East San Jose on Decem- ber 14, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath joined civic and religious leaders for a press conference about DACA (Deferred Ac- tion for Childhood Arrivals). The event was hosted by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Established by the Obama admin- istration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump administration in Septem- ber 2017, DACA was an immigration policy that allowed some individuals who as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. Full implementation of the rescission has been delayed six months (to March 2018) to give Congress time to decide how to deal with the population that was previ- ously eligible under the policy. (UPDATE – A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporar- ily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA. In a 49-page Bishop Patrick J. McGrath joined civic and religious leaders for a press conference about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) hosted by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County on December 14 at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose. ruling, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Dis- trict of California said his nationwide injunction is appropriate because “our country has a strong interest in the uniform application of immigration law and policy.” Alsup said the Trump administration must start accepting DACA renewal applications again, but he also said the federal government is not required to accept applications from those who have never before applied to be covered by DACA). As of 2017, about 800,000 individu- als, referred to as “Dreamers” after the Dream Act bill, were enrolled. The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a legisla- tive proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that would first grant conditional residency, and upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency. “I want to say this very clearly to the DREAMERS: Keep dreaming,” said the Bishop. “Do not allow the darkness of ignorant speech and spiteful rhetoric to diminish your dreams of becoming what you want to do and who you want to be in this country. Keep dreaming. It may seem that the lack of support for the DREAM act in Congress and the White House is a mountain too high to overcome or that the cost of housing is a valley that is too wide to cross…but we must not give up our dream of a smooth path to opportunity and a fair shot of success.” Joining the Bishop at the event were: Gregory R. Kepferle, CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County; Father Michael E. Engh, S.J., President, Santa Clara University; Robert Yabes, Pro- gram Director, Immigration Legal Ser- vices, Catholic Charities; Mina Ciurea, Attorney, Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities; Father Jon Pedigo, Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement, Catholic Charities; Father Robert Fambrini, S.J., Pastor, Most Holy Trinity Parish, and Omar Rodriguez, Kooltura. The Santa Clara Serra Club Celebrates Member Frank Hopkins on his 100 th Birthday By Audry L. Lynch At a recent luncheon at Mari- ani’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, Frank Hopkins, who has been a Serran for 49 years, celebrated his 100 th birthday with fellow Club members. It was a totally joyous occasion and Frank warned the members, “If all this praise keeps up, I’m going to have to attend more meetings.” This was a welcome remark to the members who remember Frank as a former president of the Club. He also served as vice-president several times as well as being a trustee of the organization. Next year will mark his 50 th year as a Serran. “Being a Serran enhances your appre- ciation of the Catholic Church and makes you a better Catholic. It’s a great thing to do to pray for vocations. I always regard priests with the highest respect. Through Serra I be