Right now is a moment of real opportunity for immigrant justice.
Moments ago, Senators Graham (R) and Durbin (D) introduced bipartisan legislation that would create an eventual pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who have called this country home since childhood. The Dream Act was first introduced by Congress in 2001 and since then the Christian Reformed Church has been praying and advocating alongside the DREAMer community for its passage.
And it’s never been more important. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily protects these same DREAMers from deportation, is under very real threat of being rescinded in the near future. Terminating DACA without a legislative solution would put at risk the 800,000 young immigrants who live, study, and work here.
Young immigrants are a blessing, regardless of legal status. We’ve all benefitted from what they’ve offered to our churches, communities, and economy. The Dream Act would allow them to fully flourish as God intends for all of us. Today, you have an opportunity to:
- Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor the Dream Act.
- In the meantime, ask that Congress do everything in its power to protect the DACA program, and resist anything that leaves young immigrants unprotected before a permanent solution is achieved.
As Christians, we always remember that real people, created in God’s image, are impacted by laws and politics. Our undocumented brothers and sisters face deep anxiety today. Let’s join with them in praying and acting for a more just world.