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People walk in front of a banner supporting “Dreamers” during a daylong regional encuentro Oct. 28 at Herndon Middle School in Herndon, Va. About 600 Hispanic/Latino young adults attended the gathering, which is part of the U.S. Catholic Church’s preparations for the Fifth National Encuentro in 2018. One of the day’s sessions focused on Dreamers, who are the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA will end unless Congress acts to extend it. 

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles in partnership with Catholic Charities Los Angeles will provide assistance with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, as the federal government has resumed accepting applications from DACA enrollees who want to renew their protected status.

“By any measure, these are the kind of young people that our country should be encouraging. Nearly everyone — 97 percent — is either in school or in the workforce. About five percent have already started their own business; 15 percent have bought their first homes,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez in his weekly column on

“These are good kids and we should want to help them to develop their God-given potentials, to keep their families together and to make their own contribution to the American dream.”

The Archdiocese is encouraging all who are eligible for a DACA renewal request to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles is providing assistance filling out the DACA renewal application. To make an appointment, contact Catholic Charities at (213) 251-3411.

 “I hope you will join me in urging our leaders in Congress to help them in a spirit of generosity and justice. And we need to tell our leaders that fixing DACA should be the first step in the systematic immigration reform that has long been overdue in our country,” Gomez said.