Praying with Dreamers #Faith4Dream Week Talking Points
- Praying with Dreamers Week is happening from October 29 until November 4, as we amplify the call from people of faith across the country for Congress to pass a clean Dream Act by the December holidays.
- The faith community urges all Members of Congress to cosponsor the Dream Act of 2017 (H.R.3440/S.1615) and ensure the Dream Act is enacted into law without ties to enforcement policies such as funding for detention, deportation, or border militarization.
- Bottom line: Congress needs to pass a clean Dream Act now. As we consider our values of compassion, generosity of spirit, and welcome for the vulnerable, let us uphold the dignity and humanity of all people.
Faith communities support a clean passage of the Dream Act (S. 1615 / H.R. 3440).
Every day that passes without enacting a clean Dream Act threatens the sanctity of family unity.
- Dreamers worship in our pews, study in our schools, and make our nation stronger. Dreamers are immigrant youth who are parents and doctors; they rescued, and died rescuing, Harvey flood victims; and they teach our children in our schools. For many, this is where they learned to ride a bike, celebrate our nation’s holidays, and serve their communities. They are mothers, fathers, teachers, nurses, lawyers, scientists, and leaders.
- 91% of dreamers are employed, pay taxes, and contribute to Social Security. The average age dreamers entered the United States is six. Some don't even speak the language of the country where they were born.
- This is urgent: Dreamers are already losing their DACA status. Right now, more than 22,000 young people who couldn’t meet the unexpected October 5th deadline are starting to lose their status. Families and communities are feeling the effects at this very moment: mortgages that can’t be paid, jobs on the line, and higher education forgoed.
- Time is running out for the millions of young immigrants who are American in all but paperwork. To not take action for Dreamers would be un-American and just plain wrong.
The Dream Act has broad bipartisan support from a diversity of constituencies and industries.
Congress cannot use dreamers' plight as an excuse to escalate raids on their parents and community members.
- Congress should not balloon an already irresponsible immigration detention system, deportation force, or border militarization plan that separates families and harms American border communities. The United States already spends more than $18 billion on immigration enforcement per year, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.
- DHS has already proven that it cannot responsibly carry out its functions, by refusing to exercise prosecutorial discretion and apprehending DACA recipients, a Methodist lay leader in Kansas, a mother in Arizona, men leaving a hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Church in Virginia, and other family and community members.
- Throwing more money at an irresponsible agency is fiscally wasteful and will cause long-term damage to how our country implements immigration policies. Our tax dollars should be spent alleviating poverty and investing in our future, including our country's young people -- not rounding up our community members.