The fate of nearly 1.8 million Dreamers remains uncertain as Congress has yet to reach a bipartisan deal to protect these youth. On January 22nd, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will fund the government through February 8th, ending the government shutdown. The bill did not include protections for Dreamers, however, parties have agreed to continue negotiations and work towards a fix.
Unfortunately, every day that passes without a solution is a day where DACA youth fall out of status and lose their ability to go to school, serve in the military, and work legally.
We ask Catholics and others of goodwill to stand in solidarity with Dreamers by urging your lawmakers to work towards a bipartisan solution for these young people. You can do so below by sending the following message:
Dear Senators and Representative:
As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, particularly that of children. I write to urge you to work with all deliberate speed to find a bipartisan solution for Dreamers that includes a path to citizenship. The approximately 1.8 million Dreamers living in our country were brought to the United States as young people. They worship with us in our churches and synagogues, serve in our military, contribute to our economy, and add their many talents to American society.
As you work towards this goal, I ask you to ensure that any border security measures included in such legislation are balanced, proportional, and humane. While Catholic social teaching on migration recognizes and respects the sovereignty of each nation to regulate its borders, this right must be balanced with the right of vulnerable migrants to access protection. In addition, I ask you to recognize the sanctity of families and vulnerability of unaccompanied immigrant children. As such, I urge you to reject any proposals that threaten family-based immigration or seek to undermine protections for unaccompanied children.
A solution for Dreamers is long overdue. As my elected official in Congress, I call on you to help ensure that a fair and just solution is found before February 8th.