“In the face of the many challenges unauthorized immigration creates for our nation, our elected officials have not yet reached a humane compromise, one which… provides a viable solution for the millions of men, women, and children who remain in the shadows…. Congress can provide a remedy for some of the most vulnerable of these: DREAM-Act eligible youth. These migrant youth were brought into the United States by their parents when they were only children and, at no fault of their own, are currently unauthorized.
These youth are Americans without an America who officially calls them her own. They want to work hard and pay their way through college or serve in our military and defend American ideals. The Act rewards hard work, good moral character, education, and service to this country – all American ideals which these youth embody.”
-US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Statement in Support of the DREAM Act.
For an estimated 800,000 DREAMers who came here before they were 16 and who bring many gifts to our communities and parishes, the DREAM Act will allow then to achieve their dream of building their lives in this country. Many of these youth have known other country than the United States. Despite receiving diplomas, more than 65,000 undocumented high school graduates are unable to obtain higher education because they are not citizens. A new executive order allows for these youth to go to school with in-state tuition but it does not create a pathway to citizenship. DREAMers deserve better and we can make this happen.
Columbans on the border and many of us across the country know and minister to the DREAMers and their families. Passing the DREAM Act is a critical component for a new immigration policy that ensures that all immigrants who work hard and contribute to our communities receive the benefits of citizenship.
The DREAM Act paves a pathway towards citizenship for immigrant youth who arrived before they were 16 and are active members of their community. The want to serve the military and receive and education. They want to contribute to the common good.
Your faithful voice is critical for ensuring that Congress acts with compassion and grace to make DREAMs come true.
How to Submit Letters to Congress
Go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to find your Representative and Senators by entering your zip code or state. Their names will pop up as well as a link to contact them through a web form where you can copy and paste the text of our sample letter into the form.
Sample Letter on the DREAM Act to your Senator
Sample Letter on the Dream Act to your Representative
Prayer for Migrant Children*
Original can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/national-migration-week/upload/Prayer-for-Migrant-Children.pdf
Provide solace to those who have been witnesses to violence and destruction, who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they cherish due to war or persecution. Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time of need.
Show mercy to unaccompanied migrant children, too, Lord. Reunite them with their families and loved ones. Guide those children who are strangers in a foreign land to a place of peace and safety. Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time of need.
Show us how we might reach out to these precious and vulnerable children. Open our hearts to migrant and refugee children in need, so that we might see in them your own migrant Son. Give us courage to stand up in their defense against those who would do them harm.
For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
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