Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bishops Support Immigration Reform

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched the Justice for Immigrants campaign, calling for comprehensive immigration reform. The goal is for Congress to enact legislation that would keep families together, adopt smart and humane enforcement policies, and ensure that immigrants without legal status register with the government and begin a path toward citizenship.
One step toward this goal is enacting the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status and educational opportu­nity to those who entered the United States as minor children. The DREAM Act has two major provisions: (1) it creates a tiered system granting legal status to unauthorized aliens who arrived in the United States before age 16; and (2) it repeals current law so as to allow public universities to grant in-state tuition to unauthorized aliens without similarly hav­ing to offer in-state tuition to certain U.S. citizens.
The Dream Act (Develop­ment, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) in the Senate is S. 729. The companion bill in the House of Representatives is H.R. 1751. Please contact your legislators to urge their support. Contact your Senators here, and your Representatives here.
You can read more about the DREAM Act here.