STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT

Easter Sunday
April 12 2009

Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

We, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), reaffirming our 2006 public stance on Just, Comprehensive, and Humane Immigration Reform, stand in solidarity with our alternately documented immigrant youth who, because of their lack of legal status, live in the shadows with limited access to the educational options necessary for a secure future.
As an association of scholars, whose members are primarily teachers, researchers, administrators and graduate students in colleges, universities and seminaries across the United States and Puerto Rico, we are particularly committed to supporting Hispanics engaged in their academic studies.  With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we urge passage of S. 729 and H.R. 1751, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).
In keeping with our mission to accompany nuestras comunidades in the United States, and faithful to the social teachings of our Church, we are compelled to advocate for just means that provide educational opportunities for our children to participate in our shared destinies as a nation and as a Church.