In response to the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program established to protect roughly 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children from deportation, the Texas Christian Community Development Network encourages Christians to call on members of Congress to take action.
Scripture (Leviticus 19:33-34) commands us to do nothing wrong and to “treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself.” However, DACA recipients, who are also referred to as Dreamers, are not strangers; they have grown up in our neighborhoods, graduated from high school, attended college, contribute to the workforce, and are leaders in our churches.
If nothing is done and no replacement to DACA is made within the next six months, Dreamers will be deported. For many, they will be sent to a land that they have never known, as they were brought to the U.S. without consent and at an early age. It is crucial that above and beyond their merits, we stand with and advocate for Dreamers not because of what they offer to the United States, but ultimately because they are human beings, created in the image of God, and are to be treated with such dignity.
As believers and followers of Jesus, we are to take the words of Micah seriously. “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”, is what He requires of us. We can begin with prayer and continue by calling on our representatives to take measures so that Dreamers are treated justly, and are able to continue to work hard in this land and are able to continue to call it home.
Find who represents you here and encourage members of Congress to work on legislation that does not deport Dreamers and that does support them as hardworking members of our society.