After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26.
By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.
Some 800,000 DACA recipients benefited from the program created by executive order by then-U.S. President Barack Obama, a policy rescinded in September by President Donald Trump, who then asked lawmakers to find a permanent solution before the program ends March 5.
Nathaniel Walz, a 16-year-old sophomore at Cathedral High School and a “Dreamer,” was part of a panel from the civil rights group La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, a faith-based immigrant empowerment organization, who presented a forum at the College of St. Benedict’s Gorecki Center Jan. 18.
The U.S. Catholic bishops “are encouraged by the consensus” that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is “urgently needed,” said the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration.
A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March.
On Dec. 5 Dreamers descended upon Capitol Hill for a workshop and to lobby members of Congress to pass a “clean” DREAM Act which would create a path to citizenship.
Antonia Alvarez, the Minnesota mother of three DACA recipients and one U.S. citizen, began a 10-day fast Dec. 4 outside of the Capitol in Washington to advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act.
During a Dreamers Symposium at Trinity Washington University, some of the more than 100 Dreamers attending the school shared their stories of growing up as immigrants living in the United States without documents.
The 70-point Immigration Principles and Policies sent to Congress Oct. 8 calls for a major tightening of immigration laws; raising the standard of proof for asylum seekers; and limiting family members of current immigrants who can enter the country.