CWS Applauds Senate Introduction of the Dream Act and the Secure Act of 2019


For Immediate Release: March 26, 2019

Contact: Bilal Askaryar;; 202-750-0960


CWS Applauds Senate Introduction of the Dream Act and the Secure Act of 2019

Together, this legislation would provide a pathway to citizenship and permanently protect our immigrant neighbors from family separation and deportation.


Washington D.C. – In response to Senators Durbin and Graham introducing the Dream Act of 2019 and Senators Van Hollen and Cardin introducing the Secure Act of 2019, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of CWS, issued the following statement:


“The CWS network is strongly committed to standing with our immigrant neighbors, including all dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. We fully support permanent protections for immigrants and call on Senators to cosponsor the Dream Act and Secure Act to give immigrants an opportunity to fulfill the American dream and stay together with their families. We pray that legislators remember the common values we all aspire to, which is the most basic of Sunday school lessons: to love our neighbors.”

Together, these two bills would offer a pathway to citizenship and permanent protection from deportation for dreamers, TPS holders, and DED recipients. This legislation is long overdue, as CWS has stood alongside immigrant rights groups and other religious organizations for more than a decade trying to enact such reforms and permanently protect all dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED holders.

For CWS’s statement welcoming the introduction of the House version, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, is available here.


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