Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

Dec. 7, 2017

For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Matthew 25:35

Time is Running Out to Pass the Dream Act!

We are in the midst of a national week of action to pass the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440). Thousands of young immigrant “Dreamers” and their supporters are in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to move on this bill. They are participating in news conferences, congressional office visits, a 10-day fast and a nonviolent civil disobedience witness—to demonstrate a crescendo of support.

More than 800,000 young immigrants could face separation from their families, deportation to countries they do not know and an end to their dreams of becoming citizens if Congress does not pass legislation by March 5. President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, and it is now up to Congress to take legislative action. Each day that Congress delays acting on the Dream Act, approximately 122 immigrant youth lose the protections they had under DACA.

The best bill in Congress is the Dream Act of 2017, which has bipartisan support and includes a pathway to citizenship. Click here to send a message to your senators and representative urging them to co-sponsor and pass the Dream Act of 2017.

Did You Know?
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has created an Advent reflection guide, “Welcome at the Manger.” Reflect upon the migration story of the Holy Family and the stories of immigrant “Dreamers” and “Temporary Protected Status-holders” holders for each week. Then, offer gifts of your prayers and actions to assist immigrants in this urgent moment. To download this and other immigration resources go to the IHM Immigration Page.
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