Teens Dream of U.S. Citizenship
By Marianne Comfort, Institute Justice Team
The Washington Post on Sunday had a provocative article on teens whose dreams of U.S. citizenship rely on passage of legislation in the House and the Senate during the lame-duck session of Congress.
In the article, teens spoke about their hopes for the future and what is creating barriers to college, military service and being contributing members of their communities.
One teen visited the D.C. office of Sen. Kay Hutchison (R-TX) to urge for passage of the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, through no fault of their own.
The Sisters of Mercy Justice Institute team will be represented at a meeting with Sen. Hutchison on Tuesday, to re-enforce the teen’s message, as part of a delegation from the U.S. Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign making numerous Capitol Hill visits that day.
We will share stories of immigrant families from Sisters of Mercy in Texas who regularly hear the pain of young people impacted by our broken immigration system.
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