July 27, 2017
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscans Applaud House Introduction of Bipartisan DREAM Act
Washington, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network was thrilled to hear the announcement today from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) as they joined their Senate colleagues in introducing The DREAM Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill to allow certain immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually apply for American citizenship. This bill is a counterpart to the Senate version introduced last week by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). The two bills come as ten state Attorneys General have threatened to sue the administration over the DACA program.
From the Congresswomen’s Press release: “These young people, known as DREAMers, have lived in America since they were children and have built their lives here. America is the only home they know and love, and they are American in every way except for their immigration status. However, under current law, they live in fear of deportation and cannot fully realize their potential or utilize their talents in service to the United States.”
“We are very encouraged that the Senate and the House of Representatives are realizing the need to enact legislation to ensure that Dreamers are able to stay, live and work legally in the United States,” said Sr. Marie Lucey, Franciscan Action Network Associate Director. “FAN staff will meet with legislators in DC and strongly encourage our members to urge their Representatives to support deserving young immigrants by signing on to the Dream Act of 2017. Our faith and Franciscan values compel us to act.”
FAN will continue to advocate for young immigrants by urging support for DACA and the Dream Act while not losing sight of the larger need to reform our broken immigration system.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/