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Protect Dreamers: Ask the Senate to Pass the Dream Act

June 18, 2020 — We welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling which maintains the DACA program and protects recipients and newly qualified applicants from deportation. But, DACA still does not provide a pathway to citizenship, which could leave 700,000 DACA recipients vulnerable to deportation in the future. Therefore, the Jesuit Provincials of the United States, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Schools Network, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities call upon the U.S. Senate to pass a clean Dream Act in order to provide Dreamers with security and a pathway to citizenship.

DACA recipients are part of our Jesuit family. They attend our parishes, schools, and universities. They are on the staff of our institutions. We thank those Senators, especially those educated in Jesuit schools, who have long been strong proponents of legislative relief for Dreamers. We appeal to the entire Senate to look past partisan divisions in order to ensure that these young men and women, who have lived their lives in this country, are no longer faced with the imminent possibility of deportation. 

Passing the Dream Act is not only the right thing to do, it is also a practical choice which benefits our country as a whole, especially at this time of crisis. According to an analysis of census data by the Center for American Progress, 29,000 DACA enrollees work in healthcare provider and support occupations. Another 200 are in medical school or participating in residencies. Jesuit schools are proud to count some of these individuals among our students and alumni. The American healthcare system was strained even before the current crisis began. The Institute of Medicine projects that 3.5 million more healthcare workers will be needed by 2030. The United States can ill afford to lose young people who have so much to offer in these and other professions. 

DACA recipients have demonstrated talent, hard work, and commitment to this country. They are integral and irreplaceable members of our schools, parishes, workplaces, families, and communities. In this moment of crisis we have an opportunity to rise above the usual divisions and act for the common good. Join us in calling on U.S. Senators to pass the Dream Act of 2019.  

Ask the Senate to Pass the Dream Act

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