December 6, 2010
Joint Statement Archbishop García-Siller and Bishop Cantú in support of The DREAM Act.
In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of the United States and in support of the youth of our country, we strongly express our continued support of the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act will open the door to permanent residency through a college education or military service to young people whose parents brought them as children into the United States without documents. Support of the DREAM Act is both a compassionate and practical policy that would allow our nation to benefit from the gifts and values that these young people have already demonstrated through their moral character and educational accomplishments.
As a nation we should always have concern for the future of all of our young people. We must be proactive in providing them with creative solutions to the challenges that their future holds, giving them the opportunity and the tools to help build this great nation.
We concur with Archbishop Jose Gomez, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, when he wrote to representatives in Congress that, "There are times when a proposal should be enacted because, simply put, it is the right thing to do."
We applaud the young men and women who have sacrificed so much in raising the awareness of the DREAM Act with their peaceful demonstration and sacrifice. However, we encourage them to be prudent about their long-term health and do nothing that would put them in danger.
We urge our representatives to support this measure and ask that all people of good will give serious consideration to the merits of the DREAM Act.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller
Archbishop of San Antonio
Bishop Oscar Cantú
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio