February 19, 2018

Tell Congress to Keep Working to Provide a Bipartisan Solution to Protect Young Immigrants

The Senate failed to move forward last week with several bills that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million young immigrants, including those currently participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival's (DACA) program expiring next month. DACA program participants and other young immigrants remain extremely vulnerable.

The Sisters of Charity Health system stands with the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), which has long advocated a pathway to citizenship for these young immigrants and their families as provided for in the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, the debate and legislative proposals expanded to include other measures that reduced bipartisan support for all three measures and they did not to pass.

Ahead of the vote, CHA contacted the Senate and asked them to refocus their efforts on the 1.8 million young immigrants who need immediate protection, without bringing unnecessary measures into the debate. We urge you to contact the Senate with this message as well—even though all these amendments failed, that message will still be extremely important for keeping this issue alive in Congress. A sample letter is available on e-Advocacy for your use.

Please ask Congress to keep working to provide a bipartisan solution to protect young immigrants now.

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