Diocese of Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless and bishops across the country are encouraging people in the United States to participate in a national Catholic call-in day to Congress to express support for “Dreamers.”

The call to congressional offices in Washington will take place on Monday, February 26.

The Diocese of Sioux City said the call-in initiative will represent an important escalation of efforts to urge Congress to find a legislative solution for Dreamers before March 5, which is the deadline President Donald Trump has set for ending the executive branch protection called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA.”

According to the Diocese of Sioux City, individual advocacy is critical to help the nearly 1.8 million Dreamers, young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children.

They may face deportation as soon as March 6,unless Congress reaches a bipartisan deal to protect them. The Diocese of Sioux City encourages individuals to follow these steps:

1. Call 855-589-5698 to reach the Capitol switchboard, and press 1 to connect to your Senators. Once you are connected to each Senator’s office, ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message:

“I urge you to support a bipartisan, common-sense, and humane solution for Dreamers:

• Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship.

• Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children.

• As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected.

• Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.”

2. Call 855-589-5698 a second time to reach the Capitol switchboard again, and press 2 to connect to your Representative. Once you are connected to the Representative’s office, ask the person on the phone to deliver the same message as above.

After completing the call, go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org to learn more about Dreamers and find other ways to voice your support.

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