Why is Congress hesitating to pass a clean Dream Act? It is hard to imagine being one of the 800,000 people who were brought here as children by their immigrant parents. They know only this country as their home. Ninety percent of them are either working or in school.

The majority of Americans, across the political spectrum, want our government to leave these people in peace. Where is our compassion?

The so-called Dreamers represent the essence of the promise of America. Far from being any kind of threat, the Dreamers embody the best of who we are as a people. As far as their being a threat to our security, three former secretaries of Homeland Security have written to congressional leaders, urging them to end the uncertainty for all these people.

Congress needs to pass a clean Dream Act that creates a pathway to citizenship and does not use young immigrants as bargaining chips in any efforts to fund a border wall. How can we even consider being so mean?

Rabbi Joshua Chasan