Defending the DREAMers

With the termination of DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) announced on September 5, close to 800,000 young students and workers who have lived in the U.S. for almost their entire lives—often called DREAMers—will be at risk of deportation in six months. Instituted in 2012 by executive order, the program has provided temporary relief and work permits to these migrant youth and young adults who were brought to the U.S. as children. DACA has allowed them to make continued contributions to their communities in every realm, and work toward their goals without the specter of removal and family separation hanging over them.

Now the KBI urges you to come to their defense, and support the Dream Act of 2017 that will sign these protections into law and expand the provisions to include a path to citizenship. We are especially concerned that the Dream Act pass as a stand alone bill, and that DREAMers not be held hostage in exchange for increased border security that will further harm the individuals we serve day to day. This alert from the Jesuit Conference and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA provides more information for sending letters to your state representatives to voice your support. It takes only a few minutes, but can have a long-lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of lives. Thank you for taking action!

Father Sean prays with young DREAMers at the Arizona-Sonora border in 2013.

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