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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Organizes National Call-In Day for Dreamers on February 26  

Late last week, the United States Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers – the young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) President; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB Vice President; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:

"We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5th deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.

We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.

Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action."

The Council of Bishops urges everyone to Call-In to Congress on February 26. Your advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, who may face deportation as soon as March 6, unless Congress reaches a bi-partisan deal to protect them. Please follow these easy steps to help:

1. Please call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capital switchboard, and press 1 to connect to your Senators. Once you are connected to each Senator's office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message:

"I urge you to support a bipartisan, common-sense, and humane solution for Dreamers:

  • Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship. 
  • Reject proposals that undermine family immigration and protections for unaccompanied children. 
  • As a Catholic, I know that families are not "chains" but a blessing to be protected. 
  • Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters"

2. Please call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capital switchboard again, and press 2 to connect to your Representative. Once you are connected to the Representative's office, please ask the person on the phone to deliver the same message as above.

After completing your call, please go to to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Laurie Pine
  • (973) 378-2638
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