The U.S. Conference of Bishops through their “Justice for Immigrants” campaign is urging all Catholic priests to pray, preach and advocate for passage of the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act would grant a path to citizenship for children of undocumented parents that came to the U.S. at an early age and are either students or in the military. DREAM Act legislation has existed in one form or another for approximately 10 year and was defeated in the Senate last year. It was reintroduced by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Robert Menendez this year in hopes of passing once again.
The Catholic Church’s prayer campaign will be formally launched September 18 and runs through October 9th where there is an invitation to “plan a vigil or public event” to show support for the actual DREAM Act students and immigrant advocates.
On September 25th Catholic Churches will introduce the topic in the homily and prayer petitions read at U.S. Catholic churches.