Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to speak be the keynote speaker at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation children’s charity dinner this month — while he refuses to meet with his immigrant constituents to talk about the importance of a clean DREAM Act.
Ryan has the power to bring the DREAM Act to the House, creating a path to citizenship for 800,000 immigrant youth while excluding measures to further militarize the border or increase deportations and the separation of families. Until he does that, he has no business speaking at a children’s charity event.
Add your name and urge Cardinal Timothy Dolan to take back Ryan’s keynote invitation unless he meets with Wisconsin Dreamers and steps up to pass a clean DREAM Act.
Dear Cardinal Dolan,
You have invited Speaker Paul Ryan to be the keynote speaker at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation children’s charity dinner in New York City on October 19th. But how can you welcome him as your keynote speaker when he has ignored immigrant children throughout the nation?
Speaker Ryan is refusing to meet with immigrant constituents who have invited him to town hall meetings, prayed at his church, and even gone on hunger strike to urge him to speak out in support of immigrant youth. They’re asking him to bring a clean DREAM Act to the House, one that creates a path to citizenship for young immigrants without furthering Trump’s deportation efforts. An elected official who refuses to meet with immigrant youth from his own district should not be the keynote speaker at a Catholic children’s charity event.
We urge you to ask Speaker Ryan to act on his faith, meet with immigrant youth from his district, and allow a vote on the clean DREAM Act bill. If Speaker Ryan refuses to take these steps, we urge you to rescind his invitation.