Statement in Support of DACA and the Dream Act sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 entitled "Oversight of the Administration's Decision to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." Our friends at NETWORK gathered statements from Interfaith Immigration Coalition members and sent them to the committee members. FAN's statement is below.

September 28, 2017

SUBMISSION OF FRANCISCAN ACTION NETWORK TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY: OVERSIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO END DACA.  OCTOBER 3, 2017

Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is deeply disturbed by the President’s announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  FAN has stood with DREAMers and recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for many years.  We have kept vigil with them, prayed with them, advocated for them and assured them we would do all we could to support them.  We know many DACA recipients personally and vouch for their integrity and contributions to this country that they call home.  Many of these young people are educated here, are employed here and are engaged in service to others.  Some DACA recipients serve in our military.  To end the DACA program would be morally wrong and contrary to American values we say we hold dear.  The Administration’s decision to end DACA would send thousands of these young people who are American in every way except their place of birth back to a country they barely know or know not at all and may not even speak the country’s language. 

As people of faith, we listen to the teachings of Jesus Christ: “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Our country has historically welcomed immigrants, and in turn became a stronger and better country because of contributions of immigrants.  A recent CNN poll found that 82% of U.S. Americans, including 74% of Republicans support protection of Dreamers.   Several other reliable polls may differ slightly in percentages but all confirm that protecting Dreamers has the approval of a large majority of American people. 

FAN urges the Administration to rescind its decision to end DACA, and urges members of the United States Congress to promptly pass the Dream Act of 2017.

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