The Common Good

The Immigration System: So Much To Fix

It has been one of those weeks. Everything around me seems to need fixing. First the shower backed up, and then my car broke down. My bike had a flat, and the gaping hole in my front yard reminded me of the patio that still needed to be put together. I spent Saturday morning figuring out the car situation and checking in on the plumber's ETA. Then some friends came over to help lay pavers for the new patio. Over coffee and egg sandwiches we fixed the big hole one brick at a time. With so much still broken around me it felt good to get one thing taken care of, to have one thing fixed.

As we look around the situation in our country, it is easy to see that many things are broken. When it comes to immigration, one quickly notices that a lot is severely broken. Wouldn't it feel good to even get one thing fixed? This coming week, we as a nation have the opportunity to fix at least one thing for thousands of young people.

The DREAM Act is being considered as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill. Senators will be voting this week. The DREAM Act is a bill that provides a conditional path to citizenship for young people who were educated and raised in the United States and yet have no way of legally working. At this time, nearly 1 million "Dreamers" living in the United States would be eligible for the DREAM Act. These students attend college or serve in our military and desperately want to fully participate as Americans.

Now is the time for us to get things fixed for our kids. You can e-mail your Senator and ask them to support the DREAM Act. Join us in action. Join us in prayer. There is so much to fix. Let's make it happen this week!

portrait-Crissy-BrooksCrissy Brooks is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mika Community Development Corporation in Costa Mesa, California.

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