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.