Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Justice for Immigrants ACTION ALERT


Background. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Richard Lugar (R-IN) will be offering the DREAM Act as an amendment to H.R. 1585, the Department of Defense authorization bill, sometime this week. The DREAM Act would provide a path to permanent residence for young men and women brought to the country as undocumented children if they graduate high school and enter college or military service. This would help tens of thousands of minors who otherwise would have no future for themselves in America.

U.S. Bishops' Position. The U.S. Catholic bishops have long advocated for legal status for minors who entered the country as undocumented children. They do not know the country in which they were born and these children have lived the majority of their lives in the United States, attending American schools. Our nation should invest in these talented young persons for the future.

Message to Senators. Please vote in FAVOR of the Durbin-Hagel-Lugar DREAM Act amendment to H.R. 1585, the Department of Defense authorization bill.

Contact your Senators at 202-224-3121 as soon as possible and go to for a list of talking points or to send a letter through the interactive section of our website.

Thank You,

The Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Dream Act

Talking Points:
The DREAM Act would:

? Provide a six-year path to residence and eventual citizenship to individuals brought to the U.S. as children at least five years ago.
? The DREAM Act is not an "amnesty," as opponents will say, because its beneficiaries were brought to the U.S. as undocumented children.
? The DREAM Act is good policy because it encourages these minors to remain in school or serve in the military and would allow them to contribute their talents to our nation in the years ahead.


Latina Advocate said...

I agree. This country should invest in its youth, by offering opportunities beginning with its own citizens and legal immigrants students first.

The undocumented have been given an elementary and secondary education and in that length of time the parents could have taken steps legalize themselves and their children if they truly wanted the American Dream.

Anonymous said...

I think I understand why people feel this way but have you ever actually applied for citizenship? Residency? I workers permit? I have applied as a citizen on behalf of my husband and ten years later we are still waiting in limbo for some sort of decision. I wish it were as easy as dreaming, wanting and turning it into reality.

Cathreina said...

Anonymous, I'd honestly have to say that 10 years is a long time and would look into who's working your husbands case. I have several friends with husbands from different countries that were seperated and waited no longer than 2 years for their legal status into this country. Best of luck to the both of you.

Anonymous said...

Our lawyer is one of the best immigration lawyers in the U.S. But right now we must wait. Him leaving the country would be our last option and we want to make sure he would be able to come back. It's individual circumstance and that is why Im saying its not as cut and dry as we're all led to think. Its not black and white illegal or legal. If he were to leave for 2 years or more it would bring much hardship for me. I just feel the immigration system is set up to take our money and put us in an on going system that has nothing to do with keeping our country safe or any of what the politicos have us believe playing off fears...