Letter to Congresswoman Comstock Regarding the 2017 Dream Act


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The Honorable Barbara Comstock
United States House of Representatives
229 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congresswoman Comstock,

As a person of faith and a constituent, I want to urge you to support legislation that would benefit deserving young immigrants who were brought to this country as children (DREAMers) while not inflicting harsh measures on other members in the immigrant community.   We understand that the negotiations surrounding the continuing resolution to fund the government may result in amendments that affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  We ask you to oppose any such provisions that would negatively affect the DREAMers and their families.

Ideally, we ask you to cosponsor and support the Dream Act of 2017 (HR 3440).  As you know, the (DACA) program had allowed so many of our young Virginia residents to come out of the shadows and become productive members of society.  The Dream Act will allow them to continue to contribute to our communities and ultimately fully participate in our democracy.  In addition, I hope that you will support the extension of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for the thousands of immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti who work and reside in our district.

Many faith traditions call us to welcome the stranger and care for the poor and marginalized.  The U.S. Catholic Bishops tell us: “The Catholic Church teaches that every person has basic human rights and is entitled to have basic human needs met—food, shelter, clothing, education, and health care. Current immigration policy that criminalizes the mere attempt to immigrate and imprisons immigrants who have committed no crime or who have already served a just sentence for a crime is immoral.”*

My Jewish faith is fully aligned with this belief, as the Torah instructs us to “neither wrong a stranger, nor oppress him; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Because of my faith, I feel compelled to urge you to enact fair immigration legislation that honors the humanity of our immigrant family members, friends and neighbors. Representative Scott Taylor (VA-2) said that Dreamers are as American as he is. Your congressional district is home to the second-largest TPS community in the country. Many TPS and DACA recipients own businesses, go to school, and pay taxes. Please do not allow the addition of unreasonable and rigorous amendments and conditions that would dilute the effectiveness of the 2017 Dream Act, and hurt those most in need of this legislation. Finally, please urge Congressman Goodlatte to put the 2017 Dream Act for a vote before the Judiciary Committee.

Please act today to ensure a just future for all in our community.



*United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: usccb.org