SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement in response to news that Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kelly rescinding Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents known as “DAPA”:
“Today, we received the unfortunate news that DHS Secretary John Kelly, after consulting Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has rescinded the Obama era memoranda known as DAPA, which provided protection from deportation for parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents. While DREAMers remain protected under DACA it is of little comfort to children whose parents are now at risk of being deported from this country.
“We are reaching out to the White House and to the Department of Homeland Security to express our concern and to offer to help the administration find an alternative solution that will provide Dreamers and their parents with the security promised to them by then President-elect Donald Trump in December of 2016. At that time, we were heartened to hear his promise ‘to work something out for Dreamers,’ and we are hopeful that sentiment persists.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.