The Common Good

UPDATE: Faith community keeping DREAM alive

Date: December 22, 2010


"When I looked into the eyes of DREAMers this week, I saw the future. These young, bright, and hopeful new generation leaders are ready to contribute--aching to do so. But a severely broken immigration system won't let them. ...On Saturday, December 18, the Dreamers eyes [were] full of tears. Because even though a majority of the U.S. Senate voted to allow them an earned path to citizenship if they went to college or served in the military, a minority of Senators tried to veto the DREAMers future by utilizing broken Senate rules and appealing to the fear and, yes, hatred of some of their constituents. Shame on them. But what these Senators do not understand is that you can't veto the future. The Senators who voted "no" to the DREAMers today will someday learn this lesson. When I looked into the eyes of the DREAMers, I knew that they would win, just like when I looked into the eyes of teenagers in the townships of South Africa many years ago. And they will win. Today we have to tell them that this fight isn't over. Today, we hold them close, wipe their tears, and let them know that we will be with them until their dreams come true. This is Advent. Hope is real. And hope will win."

- Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners