Friday, September 17, 2010

A Dream Come True

Two days ago I had the chance to attend a rally in Washington DC in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Immigration Reform is a major issue for many people in the mission areas we serve (Challenge, spring 2010) and an issue that the U.S. Bishops have given their full support. It seems that this fight for reform has been a long and uphill battle, one without much success. But we can’t lose hope and become cynical. As Rev. Jim Wallis has said, “Our choice is between cynicism and hope. Hope is a decision you make. Hope means believing in spite of the evidence and then waiting for the evidence to change.” As Christians we are called to proclaim this hope and to continue to struggle for justice for all, especially for those without a voice (Matthew 25:31-46).

The Dream Act may come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate as early as next week. And true, I do not think that the Dream Act by itself is enough, but its approval would be one small step in the direction towards comprehensive reform, and one step that can be a light of hope to so many bright and talented youth living in this country. Let’s hope, pray and work that the Dream Act will soon become law and allow the dreams of so many to come true.

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