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November 20, 2014: JCPA Appreciates Effort to Provide Certainty and Security for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants, Calls on Congress to Follow Suit

NEW YORK – In a move to prevent about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign an executive order tomorrow in Las Vegas, NV that will allow individuals who meet requirements based on longevity in the United States and family ties to remain in the country. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which has been dedicated to a just immigration system since its creation 70 years ago, supports the result of the President’s actions and reaffirms its call on Congress to pass permanent and comprehensive immigration reforms.  Earlier in this Congress, the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) to fix the broken immigration system was passed by the Senate with a vote of 68-32.

“Today, millions of our neighbors and community members have the security and certainty that they will be able to stay with their families – at least temporarily-- without the fear of deportation,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow, “but no Presidential action can fix our broken immigration system.  We reaffirm our commitment to a comprehensive, legislative solution.  Congress has the ultimate power and must act.  In Leviticus 19:34, we are commanded ‘You must love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’  We must remember our tradition, teachings, and history as we work towards making the future brighter for all those who wish to build a home in the United States.”

“As a child of an immigrant, I have always known immigrants are members of our communities, our friends, our children’s schoolmates,” said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. “There is no question that our immigration system is broken, rips apart families and undermines national security and economic growth. Migration has been a central element of the Jewish experience, here in the United States and across the world.  We have experienced the desperation of the refugee, the pain of discrimination, and the power of a pluralistic and welcoming community.  We urge Congress to act so that generations of immigrants to come to the United States may have the same opportunity to grow and prosper that we, our parents and grandparents have had.”


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