Faith-based groups speak out against DACA decision

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A group of faith-based leaders in the Brazos Valley is speaking out against the President's decision to rescind the DACA program.

“On behalf of the hundreds of dreamers in our community and the many people who love and support them, we urge you to contact Representative Flores, Senator Cornyn, and Senator Cruz,” said Cecelia Hawkins of the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network.

Tuesday, the group pleaded with community members to push law makers to protect DACA recipients.

"We support bi-partisan legislation that provides safety and security for the dreamers now and a path to citizenship for their future," said Hawkins.

One by one, leaders from different denominations and faiths spoke in support of the country's undocumented children of immigrants.

"We stand together as faith leaders to debunk any narrative that asks why someone should be treated with compassion and fairness if they were born outside of our borders,” said Dan De Leon, Senior Pastor at Friends Congregational Church. “Such questions do not reflect the gospel message of Christ."

The DACA program will end in six months if Congress does not act.

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the program was unconstitutional.

"If we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America the department of justice cannot defend this overreach," said Sessions.

The local leaders say they understand there are different political views even within their congregations.

"We recognize that good people can disagree about some things but we think this one of the easiest that we can agree on."

The President has said he might revisit the issue if Congress doesn't legalize the program.