As a faith community we must rally around the nearly 10,700 Dreamers, plus their families, living in Wisconsin, and the 800,000 living throughout the United States, who face uncertainty because of the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These are young immigrants brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own. They have been raised in our neighborhoods, educated in our schools, and contributed in our workforce and military.
The fate of DACA rests in the hands of our Congressional leaders. Speaker Paul Ryan has already shown his support for Dreamers in his many comments, but he must act on those words and work to push meaningful legislation through. One step Congress can take is to provide a clear legislation solution like the Dream Act, which would grant these young people a permanent residence in the United States.
A clean Dream Act would allow Dreamers to stay and eventually to become citizens. They have already demonstrated their value, commitment and patriotism to our communities, our country and should be allowed to stay. If we believe these individuals have provided positive value, leadership, and desire, it is our obligation to show them grace and compassion. Congress must act to affirm the will of the people now. They have no other choice.
Sister Joyce Quintana
Racine Interfaith Coalition