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10/9: CWS Denounces Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Principles
Released 23 November 2017  By Meredith Owen, Esq. - Church World Service

CWS Denounces Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Principles

CWS urges Congress to reject the administration’s immoral agenda and instead pass a clean Dream Act

October 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Last night, the White House released an immoral anti-immigrant, anti-family agenda that would hold dreamers - undocumented youth - hostage to the whims of the most extreme voices in the administration. These demands are an affront to our nation’s longheld values of fairness, compassion, and freedom and would threaten the lives of millions of immigrants, their families, and American communities.

“The Trump administration's shameful attempt to use dreamers as bargaining chips divides our country, undermines our safety, and is a betrayal of President Trump’s own promises about finding a legislative solution for DACA recipients,” said the Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS President and CEO. ”As communities of faith, we believe in family unity and welcoming the stranger – values that go to the heart of the Gospel. Instead of advancing this hateful, white supremacist agenda, CWS urges Congress to uphold our values and pass the clean, bipartisan Dream Act.”

The administration’s anti-immigrant principles are anchored in building a wasteful southern border wall that would further militarize border communities, forcing unaccompanied children and families back to violence, indefinitely detaining asylum-seekers fleeing persecution, mandating that state and local police serve as federal immigration officials, expanding an already-bloated deportation force, promoting racial profiling, further criminalizing immigrant youth, commodifying the worth of individuals, and decimating opportunities for family reunification.

“This is nothing more than a laundry list of cruelty,” continued Rev. McCullough. “People of faith, Members of Congress, and the American public overwhelmingly support dreamers, who want simply the chance to succeed. CWS calls on all Members of Congress to enact The DREAM Act of 2017 (S.1615 and H.R. 3440), which has bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The DREAM Act must be enacted in its own right and not used as a political football to increase immigration detention, deportation, or border militarization. We pray that legislators remember the common values we all aspire to, which is the most basic of Sunday school lessons: to love our neighbors. CWS stands with dreamers, as we have for sixteen years, and their families. For too long, the path to citizenship has been a dream, and we call on Congress to make it a reality.”

For more information on the Dream Act, please visit:

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. To learn more, please visit

Meredith Owen, Esq.
(Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers)
Policy Counsel
Immigration and Refugee Program
Church World Service

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