Stand in Support of DREAMERS
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 youth, 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.
As Congress debates a government spending bill prior to the new deadline of February 8th, it is imperative to communicate to Congress the urgent need for action to support young people who are undocumented.
These young people, whom the Dream Act seeks to protect are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. Throughout the Ignatian network, there is a great tradition of supporting young immigrants seeking to earn an education and contribute to our 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.
Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network in urging your Congresspersons to co-sponsor and support the Dream Act of 2017, S. 1615 / HR 3440.