We, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the United States, stand with the United States Catholic Bishops in support for the “Dream Act of 2017” (S.1615). As religious women called to follow Jesus, who invited the children to come to Him, we hold a deep belief in the dignity of every human being, especially our children.
The young people protected by this bill are contributors to our economy and include veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. We are longstanding supporters of DREAMERS, who number more than 780,000 young people named DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients.
DACA has ensured that these youth are able to live their lives free of the anxiety that they could be deported at any time to a country they do not know and thus be separated from their families. We seek continued protection and a path to citizenship for immigrant youth and join with others to support the “ Dream Act of 2017” S.1615.