#Faith4DACA Petition to the Senate on Protections for Dreamers

Between now and the end of June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision on the administration’s efforts to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which will affect the futures of hundreds of thousands of young adult immigrants. The House of Representatives successfully passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) last June, which would provide DACA recipients, TPS holders, and DED holders a pathway to citizenship. In the Senate, however, neither H.R. 6 nor the Dream Act of 2019 (S.874), have been brought forward yet for a Senate vote.

As members and leaders in faith communities around the country, we greatly value our ability to welcome sojourners, and believe in the sacred dignity of every person. With the outcome of the Supreme Court decision uncertain, now more than ever is the time for Congress to pass a legislative solution to provide permanent security for the 800,000 eligible DACA recipients living in the United States.

Any proposal must support permanent relief for Dreamers without compromising the safety and livelihood of their families, pitting immigrant communities against each other, or pairing immigration relief for some populations with enforcement policies that endanger others.

Therefore, we urge Congress in this time to uphold these values and invest in permanent and healing solutions for DACA-mented youth and their families by passing a clean Dream Act in the Senate immediately, as expressed in the bi-partisan H.R. 6 and in S. 874, to give DACA recipients and eligible undocumented youth a pathway to citizenship.

Strong, faithful communities rely on our ability to welcome the stranger and recognize that of God in each person.

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The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is made up of 55 national, faith-based organizations brought together across many theological traditions with a common call to seek just policies that lift up the God-given dignity of every individual. In partnership, we work to protect the rights, dignity, and safety of all refugees and migrants.
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