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Catholic Protest for DACA in Washington, DC, February 27, 2018. Credit: Jonah McKeown, CNA​​​​​​​
Catholic Protest for DACA in Washington, DC, February 27, 2018. Credit: Jonah McKeown, CNA

Religious leaders won’t forget the Dreamers

Around 40 members of a Catholic group were arrested at the Capitol during a demonstration in favor of the Dreamers.

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While legislators and the public seem to forget the situation of undocumented youth who arrive in the country as children (better known as Dreamers), leaders and members of the Catholic community show that the struggle is still alive.

On Tuesday more than 200 priests, nuns, and religious activists occupied the garden outside the Capitol building, RT reported. A smaller group was organized in a circle near the Russell office building where they demanded the protection of young people.

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Sister Elise Garcia of Michigan told the National Catholic Reporter that she was risking arrest “as an act of solidarity": "To the members of Congress, I say, arrest a nun, not a Dreamer."

Only a few Democratic representatives made an appearance at the demonstration, including Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois), Tim Kaine (Virginia) and Representative Thomas Suozzi (New York), the report continues.

Likewise, Franciscan Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, spoke to the public asking for a clean immigration bill and calling attention to the growing silence on the matter: "We have to keep the attention on this and not keep moving it to the back burner. It's not fair to the Dreamers, who live in constant fear of what’s next," he said. "Immigration reform is our long-term goal. Human dignity is not dependent on your status. "

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