On January 23rd, USCCB in partnership with Catholic Charities USA sent a letter t of support for S.128, the BRIDGE Act (Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy). The BRIDGE Act is a bipartisan initiative to protect DACA youth.
The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities.
Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.
As of June 2016, 23,569 New Jersey residents have received and benefited from DACA. Nationally, there are more than 750,000 young people who have qualified for DACA.
To read the bishops full letter click HERE
To ask your Senator and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act click HERE