LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite their differences, local religious leaders are uniting over a problem they say is urgent. 

On Thursday, leaders from Highland Baptist Church, Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Muslim Americans for Compassion, Catholic Charities of Louisville and the Jewish Federation of Louisville held a press conference at the Americana Community Center on Southside Drive to bring attention to the need to pass "Dreamer" legislation. 

They're asking Louisville residents to call on their lawmakers in Washington to take action to help "Dreamers" -- children of unauthorized immigrants who have been living in the U.S. most or all of their lives.

It's an issue at the center of talks over a spending bill that must be resolved this week to avoid a partial government shutdown.

In September, President Trump ended the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program allowing children of unauthorized immigrants to stay in the U.S. 

In March their protections will expire unless Congress passes permanent legislation. That could affect about 2,990 Kentucky Dreamers. 

But religious leaders hope Congress takes action now..

"Let's cherish those who have wrongly been told they are disposable or without concern," said Lauren Mayfield Jones, pastor at Highland Baptist Church. 

Matt Goldberg with the Jewish Federation of Louisville says Dreamers "are our friends, coworkers, students, teachers, neighbors -- they are what's best about this country, what's best about America."

Congress faces a deadline of midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Top lawmakers were meeting with President Trump Thursday afternoon to try to resolve their differences. 

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