Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Today, we face the enormous challenges posed by our nation's broken immigration system. Over 12 million undocumented immigrants live in our communities across the country. Efforts have failed over the past several years to enact comprehensive immigration reform based on streamlining of our immigration system, a commitment to obey the rule of law, payment of taxes owed, family reunification, and a path to citizenship.
We can delay no longer. The enforcement-only approach and U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) raids have torn apart families. Detention centers across the country leave thousands in legal limbo and offend our sense of humanity. It is time to tell Congress and the Administration to enact comprehensive solutions.
Comprehensive immigration reform must include:
- Border protection policies that are consistent with American humanitarian values and effective against illegal migration, thereby allowing the authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry into the United States of terrorists and dangerous criminals;
- Opportunities for hard-working immigrants who are already contributing to this country to come out of the shadows, regularize their status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria and, over time, pursue an option to become lawful permanent residents and eventually United States citizens;
- Reforms in our family-based immigration system to significantly reduce waiting times for separated families, who currently must wait many years, to be reunited with loved ones; and
- Legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to migrate to the U.S. to enter our country and work in a safe, legal, and orderly manner with their rights fully protected.
Jewish Values and Immigration
Jewish tradition is clear on the treatment of immigrants. Furthermore, our faith demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst. Leviticus commands, “When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” [19:33-34]. This principle permeates Jewish tradition and is echoed 35 times in the Torah.
In emails, faxes, and phone calls, please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority in 2011. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121. You can also send an e-mail by entering your Zip Code.