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Thousands of Ohioans tell Congress to protect young immigrants Print E-mail
Friday, 12 January 2018 15:04

COLUMBUS – The Catholic dioceses of Ohio, in collaboration with other faith-based and advocacy groups, last month wrapped up an advocacy effort in support of young immigrants with 15,000 letters of support.

“We were hoping for 10,000 and we got 15,000,” said Adrienne Curry, Youngstown diocesan social action director. “Our diocese reached our goal of 5,000 and we sent those to our representatives in Congress.”

The letters ask Congress to pass the DREAM Act, or similar legislation, to provide a path to regularize the status of immigrants brought to the United States when they were very young.

The effort is part of a two-year, worldwide “Share the Journey” campaign launched by Pope Francis on Sept. 27, 2017, inviting all to share the difficult journey of migrants and refugees through prayer and support.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many Churches, schools, faith communities, advocacy groups, and other people of good will who united in support of DREAMers,” said Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, who chairs the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

“We are deeply concerned by the many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, to address the plight of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children in the arms of their parents and who have no legal means to regularize their status,” Archbishop Schnurr said.

“With such an outpouring of support from thousands of Ohioans, we urge Congress to finally provide a solution to this crisis and a path to citizenship for DREAMers,” the archbishop noted.

 
 

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