CBF Advocacy exists to affirm and extend our core missions commitments of mission —to cultivate beloved community, bear witness to Jesus Christ and seek transformational development. This letter and request for signatures comes from CBF Advocacy in coordination with our Action Team for immigrants and refugees. Signatories will be added to letters that sent to U.S. Senators across the country urging immediate support for a DREAM Act that provides a path to citizenship.
Please sign the letter here. Your signature will not be displayed on this post, rather, it will be included in the letter that is sent to your senator. Additionally, signing this letter does not constitute institutional or church endorsement for the actions recommended. This expresses your private, individual support for the DREAM Act. Titles will be included for identification purposes only.
January 12, 2018
RE: Urgent request to support and protect young immigrant neighbors, DREAMers.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is a Christian network comprised of individuals and over 1,800 churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. CBF’s mission includes sharing the love of Christ with migrant, immigrant and refugee communities throughout the world and here in the United States. As a missions and ministry organization, we care for those in our pews and those whom we minister to, including our undocumented neighbors and DREAMers. In addition, CBF invests in the lives of young people through substantial college and seminary scholarships and missions and ministry programs that affirm the calling of God on their lives.
An end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) puts approximately 800,000 young immigrants at risk of deportation, lost jobs, health care, and separation from children, spouses and parents.
We know that your voice is respected among your colleagues and that your leadership on this issue is critical. We, the undersigned pastors, ministers and church leaders ask you to support a clean Dream Act. This is an urgent request. Every day that Congress delays, 122 young immigrants lose DACA. On March 5th, the day when DACA will expire, 1,000 people every day will become at risk of deportation, and lose their work permits.
Regardless of judicial rulings, legislative action is the only permanent solution for DREAMers. The ultimate decision rightly belongs in the hands of Congress. Our young immigrant neighbors need the safety and security that only Congress can provide through the Dream Act.
The Dream Act is about doing what is right for our neighbors, families, and congregants. Congress has a great responsibility and an opportunity to show that America is a place that protects families, is inclusive and values the next generation’s future. We call on Congress to do the right thing and pass the Dream Act now.