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Rabbi Pesner wrote, “As Jews, our people have known the experience of being ‘strangers in strange lands.’ Our past reminds us of the struggles faced by so many immigrants today. Because of this history, Judaism demands that we welcome the stranger and compels us to work for a just immigration system. It is imperative that Congress step up in support of these young people who grew up in the United States and who want to give back to the only country they know as home.”
Saltzman and Mariaschin wrote, “B’nai B’rith calls on Congress to provide permanent legal status for those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. Today’s order by the administration on DACA underscores the urgent need for a bipartisan legislative solution to the precarious status of America’s “dreamers” — the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States, earned educations here and in most cases are working and contributing to our economy.
“It is simply wrong that these young people, who came to this country because of a decision made by their parents and have become productive members of American society, should live in fear of their status. To deport them to countries that are unfamiliar to them and to which they have little connection is unthinkable.
Calling on Congress and the Trump administration to work together for a “just and equitable solution” so that Dreamers can obtain permanent legal status, the B’nai Brith leaders declared, “B’nai B’rith has long supported legislation that would protect the dreamers, a population that is American in every sense except on paper.”