More than 1,300 Catholic educators are urging the Trump administration to leave in place the Obama-era policy that protects young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
"We stand with our students who are DACA beneficiaries," they wrote in what they're calling a "moral mandate" released Monday.
"Their perseverance, hard work and hopefulness is an example to us as teachers," they wrote. "We witness the obstacles they overcome each day as they pursue their dream of a better life for themselves and their families. In facing adversity and uncertainty with grace and hope, they embody the best of our schools, our country and the Catholic tradition."
The move comes as the president runs up against a Sept. 5 deadline set by 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, for him to end DACA or face a challenge in federal court.
The DACA policy currently protects about 750,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation.