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CONGRESS: WE NEED THE DREAM ACT OF 2017

We at SISTERS ONLINE are totally dismayed with President Trump's announcement about ending DACA in six months unless Congress takes action. We believe that Jesus told us to welcome the stranger, and that is what we intend to do.

As you may know, DACA allowed immigrant youth brought to the United States as children to work legally, apply for driver's licenses, attend school and live free from the fear of deportation. There are as many as 800,000 "Dreamers" in the U.S. at this time. Former President Obama has spoken out against the Trump plan and we anticipate more to do so as well. The CEO of Apple has said they will not honor Trump's decree.

Silence is NOT an option. We must act to see that America continues our tradition of Immigrants being part of this country's strength.

PLEASE urge your elected members in both houses of Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017. This Act is a bipartisan legislation that would allow lawful permanent residence and American citizenship to DREAMERS if they:

1. Are longtime residents who came to the U.S. as children;

2. Graduate from high school or obtain a GED;

3. Pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military;

4. Pass security and law enforcement background checks and pay a reasonable application fee;

5. Demonstrate proficiency in the English language and a knowledge of U.S. history; and

6. Have not committed a felony or other serious crimes and do not pose a threat to our country.

We need both houses of Congress to pass this Act in the next six months. Previous legislation has been introduced, but has not passed both houses. Representatives Roybal-Allard and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have introduced the 2017 bill in the House, and Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

Please contact your elected officials in both houses of Congress and urge them to pass the Dream Act of 2017.

Thanks for taking action.

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In the wake of DACA, if you are looking for materials to reflect on the many aspects of immigration--this resource from the Adrian Dominican Sisters is worth checking out:

http://www.adriandominicans.org

Thank you to the sisters!

SENATOR SCHUMER: REJECT TRUMP'S PLAN FOR NAFTA

We know that President Trump wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But who wins under his new plan? Corporations? Farmers? Planet?

It's clear that it's corporations. Monsanto, Chevron, DuPont, Conagra will all benefit. That's where we come in!

Please contact Sen. Chuck Schumer. Sen. Schumer is the Minority Leader in the Senate and we need the Senate Democrats to vote this bill down. NAFTA has always been a good deal for corporations to attack food safety and the environment. Now is the time for us to make our voices heard. We want reform, but for the benefit of farmers and the environment, not Big Ag and Big Oil.

Please contact Senator Schumer. Here is the contact information you need:

Sen. Chuck Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

E-mail: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Phone: 202-224-6542

FAX: 202-228-3027