PRESS RELEASE: Franciscans Urge Support for the Bipartisan Dream Act

July 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
(203) 685-1856

FAN Urges Support for the Bipartisan Dream Act

Washginton, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network thanks Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. Dreamers have had their hopes raised and then dashed for 16 years since the first bipartisan introduction of similar legislation. As DACA recipients face possible reversal of the program that enabled them to remain in the country without fear of deportation, the Dream Act is needed more than ever. It would enable all young immigrants who came to this country at 17 years of age or younger, many of them as small children, and who would have lived here for 4 years or more from the date of the bill's passage, to meet certain requirements, receive a green card and eventual citizenship.

"We urge Congress to act on behalf of these young people, many of whom have no recollection of the country of origin and who live productive lives in this country that they call home," pleads Patrick Carolan, FAN's executive director. "It is the fair and right thing to do. And while the bill works its way thought the legislative process, we call on the Administration to maintain the DACA program, which is supported by a majority of US Americans.  It is time for both parties to work together on behalf of young people who love this country and desire to work for its future as citizens."


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: