WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BridgeAct–Bread for the World today announced its support for the recently
re-introduced bipartisan BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream
and Grow our Economy) Act.
“Providing temporary relief from deportation for undocumented young
adults, or ‘Dreamers’, is a step in the right direction,” said Rev.
David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “As a Christian
organization, we will continue to advocate for laws that ensure a place
at the table for everyone in the United States, regardless of their
The BRIDGE Act was introduced to the 115th Congress by Sens.
Richard Durbin (D- IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Reps. Mike Coffman
(R-CO) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). If passed, it would protect
undocumented young adults who qualify for the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Many of these individuals (commonly
referred to as “Dreamers”) were brought to the U.S. as children. It
would also allow them to legally work and study in the U.S.
Rescinding DACA without passing the BRIDGE Act would not only have
devastating effects on young adults and their families, whom they often
support, but it would also hurt our economy. DACA recipients are
significant contributors to their local economies. Through DACA, over
741,000 individuals have been able to contribute to our society and
“Because a substantial percentage of undocumented immigrants in the
United States live in poverty and legalization would help them escape
hunger, positive reforms to immigration is critical,” added Beckmann.
“Bread for the World will continue to support legislation, like the
BRIDGE act, that strives for lasting solutions to our broken immigration
He called on all members of Congress to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act and
send a strong message that rescinding DACA has moral and economic
repercussions that Congress cannot allow or afford.
Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.
Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077