As a person of faith, I join the U.S. Catholic Bishops and write to express my strong support for the “Dream Act of 2017” and urge its immediate passage.
While the issue of immigration is a large and complex one, we must not forget that at the core, it is about people, and I believe that every person is a child of God. Therefore, I urge our nation to find a legislative solution that includes a path to citizenship for young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. I urge you to voice support for the Dream Act and ensure that Congress acts to pass this form of relief quickly so as not to uproot the lives of so many young people who have made enormous contributions to our communities and our economy.
It is especially important to me that this legislation not come at the cost of more border security, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, more detention beds, or other legislation that would harm our community and DACA recipients and their families.
Pope Francis reminded members of Congress during his visit to the United States to remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12). It is important to me to respect the God-given dignity of these young people and I would like to see a policy in place that protects them.