CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday hundreds of Sisters of Mercy gathered to call their state leaders and urge them to pass the Dream Act.
Call it divine intervention, hundreds of Sisters of Mercy using their calling from God to call upon others.
"Advocating in this way has proved to be beneficial in the past, " says Sister Paulette Williams with the Sisters of Mercy.
Their cause is the Dream Act, it would give undocumented high school graduates who grew up in the U.S after being brought here by their parents a chance for U.S citizenship through college or the military.
"They're part of our country, we've already educated them, why waste that education ," says Sister Rose Marie Tresp.
Students like Viridiana Martinez who's called Charlotte home since she was seven and excelled in school only to graduate and learn her college dreams were not possible because of her legal status.
"We are an asset, we want to contribute, why not let us, why not let us work and do all the things we want to do to make this country better, “ says Martinez.
The Sisters say they're hoping by calling their representatives in the U.S Senate and House to urge them to pass the Dream Act, they'll see it as a human rights cause, and the moral thing to do.
"They did not break the law, someone else broke it on their behalf, they aren't at fault for this, I don't think we need to punish the children for the sins of the fathers, " says Sister Tresp.
The Sisters say whether the politicians are listening on the other end or not, they have to at least speak up and advocate for what they feel is right.
"We live in hope, sitting in silence is not the answer ," says Sister Paulette.
The Sisters came from 18 states in the South and Midwest, as well as Jamaica and Guam.
Though they say President Obama's announcement to stop deportation of these teens is a step, they hope to get the Dream Act passed in Congress.