It's partly in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that the Action of the Week is about DACA, the Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals Program started by President Obama.
If Dr. King were alive today he would be working for these young people. You know he would. The DACA program protects young people, called Dreamers, who were brought into the country as children illegally. They had to apply and meet certain conditions of good character to be admitted to DACA! 800,000 did just that trusting in the good will and intentions of the United States. However, President Trump ended the program and handed it to Congress to solve. Now these Dreamers, who have never lived anywhere else, are being threatened with deportation.
11,000 of the Dreamers live and work in Oregon!
Congress is in a big fight to protect the Dreamers by passing the Dream Act. The Dream Act actually has bipartisan support. Unfortunately these young people are caught up in the bad mojo of partisan and ugly politics. Congress is trying to pass a continuing resolution to run the government, and the Dream Act has become a bargaining chip.
Friday, January 19, 2018 is the appropriations deadline, so its a good time to let your representatives know what you think. Connect to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee HERE and join with UU's around the country. Even if your legislator is a supporter of the Dream Act -- the intensity of public interest keeps them strong. Send this today!
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell