Catholic Charities USA Statement on DREAM Act Cloture Vote

Dec 20, 2010, 10:35 ET from Catholic Charities USA

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rev. Larry Snyder, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, issued the following statement today after the Senate's vote on cloture for the DREAM Act effectively ended any chance of passage this year:

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"Catholic Charities USA is deeply disappointed that the Senate rejected the vote on this important piece of legislation. Honor students, class presidents, athletes and responsible community members who desire a brighter future by continuing their education came up short this past weekend. Now, having entered our country as small children, they will continue to be cast into the shadows until, as a nation, we can find a way to address our broken immigration system."

Catholic Charities USA supports a just and fair comprehensive solution to immigration reform and the passage of the DREAM Act would be one step in the right direction.  We must commit ourselves to seeking bi-partisan support for these young people and for all those living in the United States.

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