Ursuline Sisters Public Statement: The DREAM Act of 2017.

URSULINE SISTERS OF THE ROMAN UNION,  UNITED STATES PROVINCES

PUBLIC STATEMENT: THE DREAM ACT OF 2017

We, the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, United States Provinces, stand with our Catholic Bishops in support of the Dream Act of 2017 (S1615).  This past Sunday evening, October 8, the Trump Administration Immigration Policy priorities were issued.  We strongly reject these anti-immigrant, anti-human rights, anti-family provisions as basically immoral.

These provisions propose the building of southern border walls and expedited deportations as condition for acting to protect young undocumented immigrants, the Dreamers, who were brought to the United States as children and now know no other home.  These young people cannot become the bargaining chips in the game of politics.  President Trump made a promise and acknowledged responsibilities to the Dreamers.  These Policy Priorities are in direct opposition to these promises.

Children and young people are our future.  Those brought to the United States as children are among those who warrant the security of a legal status to fulfill their dreams in the only country they have known, complete their education and continue contributing to society.  Testimony abounds to their contributions in our country.  The Dream Act helps our country towards a more secure future by providing a path for those individuals who meet the requirements to fully develop their potential without fear of deportation and with the hope of citizenship.

We urge Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017.This continuesour corporate stance regarding comprehensive immigration reform:

The Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union in the United States are committed to comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.  This is rooted in our profound belief in the dignity of each human person created in God’s image. We are all brothers and sisters. Our foundress, Angela Merici invites us to…“love them all…because they are God’s children…  Welcome them and bear with all of them impartially.”