Texas Sisters Urge Majority Leader Harry Reid to Reach Across the Aisle to Senator Hutchison

Today 56 Catholic Sisters in Texas from 16 different religious orders sent Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a letter, urging him to “put aside partisan politics” and to “reach across the aisle” to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in an effort to bring the DREAM Act to a vote in the Senate.

The same Sisters who wrote to Senator Hutchison (see letter below), urging her to “put aside politics-as-usual in Washington” in supporting the DREAM Act, wrote the letter to Majority Leader Reid.

These students are putting everything on the line for this legislation,” the Sisters wrote, referring to hunger-striking UTSA students who were arrested last night after sitting in Senator Hutchison’s San Antonio office for nine hours. “We ask you to do everything you can to meet with Senator Hutchison and negotiate differences in order to win passage of the DREAM Act.”

Here is a copy of the letter:

November 30, 2010
The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Reid,

We write to thank you for your efforts to enact passage of the DREAM Act in this lame-duck session of Congress. As Roman Catholic Sisters from 16 different orders who minister in Texas – in Texas schools, hospitals, parishes, soup kitchens, half-way houses, retreat centers, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, legal and social justice centers, health clinics, homeless shelters, and other areas of service – we have written to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, asking her to “put aside politics-as-usual in Washington” and to bring her “strong voice of reason, compassion, and moral suasion to the debate” in seeking passage of the DREAM Act.

Now we ask you, similarly, to put aside partisan politics in this critical effort to bring the DREAM Act to a vote on the floor of the Senate. In particular, we ask you to reach across the aisle and meet with Senator Hutchison so that you may work out differences, enabling this dream to become a reality.

Yesterday, a couple of us hand-delivered our letter to Senator Hutchison’s office in San Antonio, where students from the University of Texas at San Antonio on the 20th day of their hunger strike were holding a sit-in. It was particularly painful to see the gaunt face of one student, who was very thin to begin with, and then to learn this morning of the difficulties she endured last night in the San Antonio jail in her weakened state.

These students are putting everything on the line for this legislation. We ask you to do everything you can to meet with Senator Hutchison and negotiate differences in order to win passage of the DREAM Act. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[See list of Sisters in Nov. 30, 2010 letter to Senator Hutchison]

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