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If we believe in freedom, let all Americans, whether they were born here or brought here as young children, be free to live, work and study in this country that they made their home In.the months have been marked by our failure as a nation to unite around the one cause that should bring us together, that is, the fate of Dreamers, or the young people who qualify for the DREAM Act. They are a diverse group and come from various countries and cultures — students, workers and members of our community who form the foundation of our society.
The Catholic Church in America is an immigrant church, comprised of people who come from all over the world in search of a better life, to escape from poverty, oppressive regimes, religious persecution, political turmoil and environmental calamities.
We have found ourselves waiting for the perfect bill on immigration to support our own goals instead of taking action to defend the vulnerable in our society. Now we must urge all of us to take steps to exercise compassion and defend Dreamers in our communities and across the United States.
We need an effective and humane immigration system that promotes the unity of families and provides young people with a path to citizenship.To foster a culture of life, we must begin with the values that we, as Americans, hold dear. If we believe in freedom, let all Americans, whether they were born here or brought here as young children, be free to live, work and study in this country that they made their home. If we believe in justice, then we must recognize what we owe to the young students and workers who have contributed so much to our society. If we believe in the value of family, then we must offer their parents a protected status to preserve unity in our communities.
If we want to build a vibrant future for our country, we must defend the Dreamers who bring diversity and hope to our nation.
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