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Thursday July 14, 2011

Sen. Durbin, Religious Leaders Pushing for DREAM Act Sabbath Initiative for September

Sen. Durbin, Religious Leaders Pushing for DREAM Act Sabbath Initiative for September

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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is bringing people together once again to push for the passage of a nationwide Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, just as it hits its 10th anniversary.

The Democratic senator is putting together religious supporters to help spread the word about making the weekend of September 23-25 the DREAM Act Sabbath.

The DREAM Act Sabbath is an “initiative enlisting churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country to dedicate time during their regular weekly worship service to a conversation” about the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would allow young people who were brought to the United States before age 15, who have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent and are admitted to college or enlist in the military.

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is one of the religious leaders backing Sen. Durbin and the DREAM Act Sabbath initiative.

“These young persons, who are for all practical purposes Americans like all of us, love this country so much that they risk deportation in order to advocate to become American citizens,” Cardinal McCarrick said in reference to the children of undocumented immigrants who would benefit. “Why would we not want to embrace their dedication, energy, talents, and courage—characteristics that have made our nation great? It would be to our detriment to forsake them.”