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Several Faith Leaders Were Arrested After a Peaceful Protest in D.C. to Save the Dream Act

A group of about 15 Christian leaders and activists were arrested for a peaceful protest in support of the Dream Act on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

The group was calling for Congress to pass a “clean” version of the Dream Act before year’s end to protect the thousands of Dreamers—young, undocumented people who were brought into the country as children—as part of a bigger campaign of interfaith leaders in support of the legislation.

According to Christian Post:

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Among those who were detained and arrested were Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, director of refugee and immigration ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Lori Tapia, national pastor for the Disciples of Christ’s Hispanic Ministries; Rev. Kate Shaner, the minister of mission at First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio; Taylor Burgoyne from the Evangelical Covenant Church in Tucson, Arizona; Reuben Eckels, a pastor affiliated with Church World Service; and Sierra Dawn Salgado Pirigyi from Urban Abbey United Methodist Church in Bacon, Nebraska.

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Stanley-Rea released a statement about her arrest, saying:

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I am inspired by my faith that, when we dare to take risks for justice, we help create a path of fresh hope, step by step. I am committed to doing all that I can to support the passage of a clean Dream Act. … And, in honor of families facing separation far too often through detention and deportation, I submit to arrest today with the prayer that I can honor my own father, who died three decades ago on All Saints Day.

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