A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”  Quote at base of Statue of Liberty

Dear All – I would like to share an action from NETWORK this week in regard to the DREAM Act. You will be able to read more below, but essentially the DREAM Act will remove the many obstacles that immigrant youth may face once they leave high school and try to pursue further education or training.

The bill helps to ensure that we as a country do not further the current trend of criminalizing immigrants, especially the children of immigrants who may have had no choice in how they entered the country.

Read the great information below and take a quick action to support the immigrant youth in our communities. Much Peace Liz

 An American DREAM for immigrant children
On March 26, 2009, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN)  and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) reintroduced the DREAM Act (S. 729, H.R. 1751).
The DREAM Act (“Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors” Act in the Senate, and “The American Dream” Act in the House) would allow undocumented children who entered the United States when 16 years or younger and who have lived in the United States for five years to apply for conditional permanent residency if they maintain good moral character and earn a high school diploma.  After 6 years of conditional permanent residency, they could apply for lawful permanent residency (LPR).  By allowing students to apply for conditional permanent residency, it would also be giving them a path to apply for higher education, lawful employment, or service to the United States.
Please urge your representative and senators to co-sponsor the DREAM Act so that high school graduates brought to the United States as children can realize their potential through higher education and service to the United States, thus benefiting all Americans. (Or thank them if they are already a co-sponsor.)
You can e-mail your representative at http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=13182316&type=CO
And your senators at http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/alert/?alertid=13182421&type=CO
An appropriate sample message will come up when you enter your zip code, either thanking your member of Congress or urging them to become co-sponsors. This is one of the advantages of using the system on our website to e-mail your members of Congress – we can customize the message based on their co-sponsorship status.


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