Faith Organizations Urge Congress to Act on Dream Act Before the End of the Year

November 7, 2017

Dear Members of Congress,

We, the undersigned 37 faith-based organizations, write to urge members of Congress to offer Dreamers the same compassion and commitment they have given to this country. It is time for Congress to immediately enact the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), which provides a long overdue pathway to citizenship for our beloved immigrant youth.

With the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, almost 700,000 Dreamers are at renewed risk of deportation. We are deeply concerned by recent comments suggesting that protection for DACA recipients can wait until next year. Despite the six-month delay in enforcement, the consequences of terminating the DACA program are immediate, devastating, and profound.

Leaving Dreamers in prolonged limbo violates our nation’s values and sends a message of exclusion to immigrant youth. Dreamers cannot wait, our businesses cannot wait, our places of worship cannot wait, and our country cannot wait; Congress must act now.

It is a matter of moral urgency that Congress enacts a permanent solution. We implore Congress not to use Dreamers as bargaining chips to further entrench existing injustices in our immigration system. We urge Congress to enact the Dream Act before the end of this year.



African American Ministers in Action

Alliance of Baptists

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Bread for the World

Church World Service

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries Office

Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice


Faith in Public Life

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Interfaith Worker Justice

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Missionary Oblates Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Council of Churches

National Council of Jewish Women

National Justice for Our Neighbors

National Latino Evangelical Coalition

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Pax Christi USA

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

T’ruah:The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Union for Reformed Judaism

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Refugee & Immigration Services & Education

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice