As a reflection of our history, and based upon the biblical imperative to welcome the stranger, the American Jewish Community has long advocated for fair and just immigration and refugee policies.
Our American-Jewish values necessitate confronting difficult immigration challenges facing our country and our community. It is within this context that the JCRC supports an equitable immigration policy that protects the human rights of all newcomers and the civil liberties of every U.S. resident. Our current immigration system is broken and must be addressed at the federal level. We therefore oppose a legislative response to this issue on the stateor locallevel. Additionally we oppose any legislation, which is centered on enforcement only, thereby endangering human rights and civil liberties.
- More than 12 million immigrants are in the United States without legal papers, joined by an estimated 300,000 each year, coming to work and/or to join family members.
- While congress has provided a comprehensive system for the admission of immigrants, the punishment of immigration violations, and penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens, the process of entry is difficult and governed by outdated immigration laws, andenforcement is subject tounpredictable immigration bureaucracy.
- What our immigration system provides has serious consequences not only for immigrants but also for the country as a whole.
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