Monday, February 26, the USCCB is sponsoring a National Call-In Day for Dreamers. In their announcement, the Bishops remind us: “Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action."
We hope to drive thousands of call to Congress. Please call 855-589-5698 and press 1 to be connected to your Senators. Call again and press 2 to be connected to your Representative. Once connected please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message to your legislator:
“I urge you to support a bipartisan and humane solution for Dreamers: Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship. Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children. As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected. Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.”
Resources are available on the JFI website.
In response to requests from Dreamers for a demonstration of additional support from Catholic leadership, the PICO National Network is partnering with a group of Catholic social justice organizations based in DC, including the Franciscan Action Network, to organize a Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30 am.
Participants will include Catholic Dreamers, Catholic clergy and women religious, Catholic lay leaders and a wide range of supporters. Several Catholic bishops have also been invited to attend. The event will include prayer and singing among 100-200 participants, and will culminate in civil disobedience which will be exercised by a cohort of Catholic leaders.
The event will be followed by a press conference, along with a series of visits to congressional offices to underscore the strong commitment of the Catholic community to secure a compassionate response to the crisis faced by Dreamers. After such an eventful week of immigration ups and downs, we invite our members and friends to join us in solidarity by planning “echo events” all over the country. Host a prayer vigil, visit your Congress members’ local office, or write an Op-Ed for your local paper.