The Dream Act of 2017 (S 1615 / HR 3440) was introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort earlier this year. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. This bill would protect numerous young people, including the estimated 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Many of the young people the Dream Act seeks to protect are vital members of our campuses — excelling academically and bolstering our campus communities through contributions in and out of the classroom. Undocumented young people also contribute to our nation’s economy as key members of the workforce, serve in our military, and are leaders in their communities.
As a network grounded in the values of the Gospels, we are called to stand with these young people as they seek to be treated with dignity.
We invite students, faculty, and staff at Jesuit colleges and universities to stand with undocumented young people and join the Ignatian Solidarity Network in calling on your Congresspersons to co-sponsor and support the Dream Act of 2017, S. 1615 / HR 3440.