We are called as Catholics to welcome the stranger and “safeguard the needs and rights of the migrant” as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. We strive at the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, TX to live out that call by building relationships with immigrants
like my friends Isabel, Rafael and their two daughters who have come to us fleeing violence and poverty in Mexico. Migrant families come with young children who grow up knowing no other country than the United States.
Many immigrant youth like Isabel’s daughters have spent years studying, going to church, playing sports and making a difference in the U.S. which they consider their home as much as you or I- except they don’t have paperwork that says so. We can do better by
passing the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, and creating a pathway towards citizenship. Ask your Congressional delegation to pass
the DREAM Act.
For an estimated 800,000 DREAMers, like Isabel’s daughters,
who came here before they were 16 and who bring many gifts to our communities, the DREAM Act will support these young immigrants who dream of building their lives in this country.
Despite receiving diplomas, more than 65,000 undocumented high school graduates are unable to obtain higher education because they are not citizens. Ask Congress to pass the Dream Act here.
Throughout scripture we hear the Word of God calling us to welcome the stranger, “for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19: 34), culminating in Jesus identifying himself with the migrant, warning us, “for I was a stranger, and you took me
in.” (Matthew 25:43)
Join me in welcoming the stranger and daring to DREAM for immigrant children.
Father Bob Mosher
Columban Border Mission Center
El Paso, Texas