With the rescission of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program, there is renewed pressure on Congress to pass federal legislation that would protect young immigrants who are vulnerable to deportation. With a 6-month deadline, Congress’ attempts at reform have resulted in a menu of legislative options.
On Sunday, November 12th, religious leaders of all faiths will lead a one mile pilgrimage to Congressman Peter King’s office to call on him to vote for a clean Dream Act that would provide immigrant youth a pathway to citizenship without harmful provisions such as border, or interior enforcement, or any form of border militarization that threatens the lives of the 11 million undocumented community members in this country.
Congressman King has stood behind the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, a legislative proposal that immigrant youth and advocates believe doesn’t go far enough in protecting the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and the hundreds of thousands more who could not take advantage of the program.
While Congressman King has stated that the RAC Act is the Dream Act, we know the two are not the same. If the RAC Act gets passed, it would impose stricter eligibility requirements and a longer process to gain citizenship. Our immigrant youth have waited long enough!
Join faith leaders on November 12th and help amplify their call for a clean Dream Act that would allow immigrant families to stay together and grant undocumented youth the ability to live without fear!
Let us know if you are coming: http://bit.ly/2wApWHE
Pilgrimage co-sponsors include:
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Islamic Center of Long Island
Turkish Cultural Center
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal RC Church
Long Island Alliance of Churches
Metro Association of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ
North Fork Spanish Apostolate
Pax Christi Long Island
Long Island Presbytery
Centro Corazon de Maria (Hampton Bays)
Rabbi Steven Moss, B’Nai Israel Reform Temple