Statement regarding DACA and the Dream Act of 2017

The Sisters of the Holy Cross are deeply disappointed that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work authorization and temporary protection from deportation to roughly 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children, has been ended. 

As women of faith we take seriously the biblical admonition, “You shall treat the foreigner who lives with you no differently than the citizens born among you; you shall love them as yourself; for you too were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.” Leviticus 19:33. 

Many people served by Holy Cross sponsored ministries, schools, colleges and parishes have lost their much needed DACA protection, and need our action. Please urge your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1615 and your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 3440, the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bills offer qualifying immigrant youth "conditional permanent resident status" and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. 

We know these Dreamers first hand as students in our college, leaders in our parishes and communities, and hardworking contributors to our economy. Respecting the human dignity of every person, we pledge our continued efforts, prayer and action to support them. Please join us in being bearers of hope by urging passage of the Dream Act of 2017.  

Learn more about Dream Act 2017 .

Read the statement released by Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) urging action to protect dreamers.

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