Last week, President Obama acted to address the immigration challenges faced by nearly one million young people who were brought to the United States as undocumented immigrant children and who have since grown up here, stayed in school and have been law-abiding contributors to our communities. The President issued an executive order offering qualifying undocumented young people relief from removal and eligibility for work authorization. Although a legislative remedy passed by Congress would be preferable to executive action that can be overturned by future presidents, Congress has been unable or unwilling to pass similar legislation, known as the DREAM Act, for many years. Now, these young members of our communities will have the ability to continue to contribute to the only country they have ever known as home.
Jewish tradition is clear on the treatment of immigrants, demanding 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 is echoed 35 times in the Torah.
Send a letter to President Obama, thanking him for issuing the immigration executive order. For more information, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Madison Arent at 202.387.2800.