Social Justice and Life

Lenten Action for Dreamers: Congressional Call-In Campaign

There is a pressing issue before our country today: the future of a very important group of young immigrants called the “Dreamers.” Dreamers are woven into the fabric of our country and of our church, and are, by every social and human measure, American. They live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society. They should not have to live their lives in constant fear of deportation, which brings with separation from their families and real dangers of violence and poverty in their countries of birth. It is both our moral duty and in our nation’s best interest to protect Dreamers and allow them to reach their God-given potential. Some enjoy limited legal protection now, but those protections will begin to expire on March 5.
 
Monday, February 26 is National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers.

Take a few moments that day to call your representatives and urge others to do the same.

Steps for calling:

1. Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard, and press 1 to connect to your Senators by giving your zip code. Once you are connected to each Senator’s office, ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message:

“I urge you to support a bipartisan, common-sense, and humane solution for Dreamers:

  • Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship.
  • Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children.
  • As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected.
  • Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant sisters and brothers.”

2. Please call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capitol switchboard again, and press 2 to connect to your Representatives by giving your zip code. Once you are connected to the Representative’s office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver the same message as above.

After completing your call, please go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of our immigrant sisters and brothers, who are among the vulnerable in our society.

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