|The Jesuit Conference of the United States asks you to urge your Senators to reject the House's harmful amendments to the DHS funding bill.|
(Washington, D.C.) February 4, 2015 — Two weeks ago, many Members of the House of Representatives voted to compromise the safety, security, and dignity of our undocumented brothers and sisters by undoing the important steps the Obama Administration has taken to address immigration reform.
Now it's the Senate's turn. This week, the Senate will hold votes on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. The Jesuit Conference of the United States asks you to please urge your Senators to reject the House's harmful amendments to the DHS funding bill. They seek to reverse President Obama’s positive actions on immigration and to reduce the protections available to children and adults seeking safety in our country.
As the Jesuits and other faith groups have stated before, the Administration’s actions are intended to offer millions of our undocumented community members the opportunity to remain with their families and to work legally in the United States without the constant fear of deportation. Unfortunately, the House approved a DHS funding bill that would not only reverse the newly announced Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, but would also reinstate the failed Secure Communities (SCOM) program that has reduced community safety by breaking down trust between the public and law enforcement. It would also do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has offered relief and safety to countless young immigrants.
The executive actions creating DAPA, expanding DACA and replacing SCOM are temporary and are not a substitute for a pathway to permanent status or citizenship, but they are welcome step toward policies that promote keeping families together and allowing our valued community members to live and work in this country legally.
Rather than opposing and trying to reverse this progress, we encourage all members of Congress to support the Administration’s actions and their smooth implementation, and to take steps towards fixing our broken immigration system in a way that is humane, comprehensive, and just.
Let your Senators know we stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters: young people and families whose lives will be changed by DACA and DAPA, children seeking protection from violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America, and all individuals fleeing persecution who see our country as a beacon of hope, safety, and welcome.
Learn more about the Jesuit stance on migration to and asylum in the United States