President Trump has called for an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would leave 800,000 young people at immediate risk of deportation. In the midst of this threat, it is imperative that we express our love of neighbor by calling on Congress to enact the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440). This week you can join thousands of other faithful advocates in that call by participating in #Faith4DreamWeek.
The DACA program has allowed immigrant youth to pursue their dreams and contribute to the future of our country, the only home they have ever known. Ending DACA runs contrary to the heart of our faith teachings, to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger. Without congressional action to enact the Dream Act, these young people will remain at risk for deportation. It is morally reprehensible and terribly short-sighted to turn our backs on their dreams and the bright hope they represent for our nation.
This summer, the United Church of Christ General Synod declared the UCC to be an Immigrant Welcoming Church. We can put that welcome into action by calling on members of Congress to be true to our core values as a nation by passing the Dream Act.