B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
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.
Congress and the administration must work together to find a long-term answer to this problem. Our leaders should strive for a bipartisan consensus that will result in dreamers receiving the permanent legal status they deserve.
B’nai B’rith has long supported legislation that would protect the dreamers, a population that is American in every sense except on paper. Today we renew our call for lawmakers to come together in support of a just and equitable solution.
Inspiring, Thoughtful And Moving: The Story Of An American Killed Fighting For Israel, His Adopted Country
Also in this issue, President Gary P. Saltzman kicks off B’nai B’rith’s 175th year, discussing the core values and evolution of the oldest Jewish humanitarian and human rights group.
B’nai B’rith Executive Vice President and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin writes about the delegation he co-led to Georgia and Azerbaijan. During their trip B’nai B’rith leaders, members and supporters met with the prime ministers of both countries and other key governmental officials. Mariaschin also discusses the Jewish histories in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
In other articles, the magazine looks at the Golan Heights 50 years after the Six-Day War, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere and the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, where Britain endorsed a Jewish state in Palestine.
Since Israel won control of the Golan in 1967, the region has been transformed. Rejuvenated residential communities thrive despite ongoing challenges and the Golan Heights has been re-branded into a destination for tourists who take in its wineries and historical sites.
Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest continuously functioning Jewish house of worship in the Western Hemisphere. Every year, thousands of visitors are welcomed by a congregation now rapidly diminishing in numbers. Its leaders are hopeful that the synagogue’s future can be assured.
The euphoria after the publication of a brief letter in 1917, known as the Balfour Declaration, has been preceded by years of strategic planning, alliances and meetings, with participation by members of B’nai B’rith from within Britain’s Jewish communities.
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