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Sen. Durbin joins faith leaders in calling for DREAM Act Sabbath

July 13, 2011, 3:07 pm | Posted by ecook

After holding a hearing on the DREAM Act last month, Senator Dick Durbin announced that he would be joining with faith leaders to continue the momentum surrounding the act’s passage. In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Senator Durbin, along with representatives of many different religious communities, unveiled plans for the DREAM Act Sabbath, “enlist[ing] churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country to dedicate time during their regular weekly worship service to a conversation about the DREAM Act.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, an Assemblies of God pastor and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, spoke at the press conference encouraging participation and explaining how the bill reflects his Christian faith:

Also speaking at the event was DREAMer Gaby Pacheco, telling her own story of faith communities’ importance in the fight for immigration reform:

Amplifying the stories of courageous young people like Gaby and raising awareness in congregations are two of the many unique contributions people of faith are making toward the goal of passing common-sense legislation like the DREAM Act.

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