We all have a dream. Some are impossible. Some are achievable and some are just beyond our grasp.
Let’s talk about the latter…those just beyond our grasp. The United States is a great place to live. America is a wonderful place to grow up.
There is a group of young people who have grown up in America, lived in the United States most of their lives but for whom the dream of American citizenship is just beyond their grasp.
They are the children of undocumented parents, brought here as young children, who are now faced with the threat of deportation to a country they do not really know. Truly, they are victims of a conspiracy of circumstances over which they had no control.
In Texas the legislature has passed a law granting them free public education, a giant step toward their dream, but the Damoclian sword of deportation still hangs above their heads.
A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would enact two major changes in the present law.
1. Certain immigrant students who have grown up in the U.S. could apply for temporary legal status and eventually permanent legal status and eligibility for citizenship if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military.
2. Federal penalties that provide tuition without regard to immigration status would be eliminated
Needless to say, passing this act would be life changing for the young people involved. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is fully supportive of this legislation and I urge you to ask your congress person or senator to support this important act.
Do your part to make this dream come true.
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