Tag Archives: Immigration
Jewish Clergy for Immigration Reform

Politics Aside: Most Americans Support a Pathway to Citizenship

Immigration reform might be one of the most divisive political issues of our time, but one of the main tenets behind it—that undocumented immigrants who are already living here should be allowed to stay in the United States—has widespread support. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, 72% of all Americans believe that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country, if certain requirements are met. On this point, voters across the political spectrum are united: a path to citizenship or permanent residency is supported by a majority of Democrats (80%), Republicans (56%), and Independents (76%). Read more…

Children sleeping under Red Cross blankets on a concrete floor

Numbers of Unaccompanied Children Are Lower this Summer, but Problems Remain

According to a recent report by the Migration Policy Institute, the number of unaccompanied children is supposed to drop from its recent spike in 2013 and 2014, from 68,000 last year to a projected 39,000 this year. Though the United States’ resources might not be as stretched in dealing with new entrants this year, many children are still having trouble getting the support they need to remain and sustain themselves in America. Read more…

Pro-immigration reform activists at a rally to support DAPA in Houston, TX.

The Wait to Implement the Executive Action on Immigration Just Got Longer

In a much-anticipated court ruling on Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled not to lift the injunction from a lower court on President Obama’s signature executive action on immigration. This ruling means that, until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the case, the Obama administration cannot move forward with plans to implement reforms to the Department of Homeland Security, such as the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program that is expected to provide relief from deportation for over four million undocumented people. Read more…

Immigration Protest

We All Count in Our Society, Especially the Stranger Among Us

This week marks the start of a new book of Torah: the Book of Numbers. This week’s portion, B’midbar, or “In the Wilderness”, recounts the census-taking of entire Israelite community commanded of Moses by God. The Israelites are sorted by tribe and all men over the age of 20 are counted, as God commands, “head by head,” with special instructions for the Levites. Read more…

Developing our own Holiness Code

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to deliver the following words before the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism at the RAC’s Consultation on Conscience:

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Passover in Hebrew, matzah, kiddush cup

The Other March Madness

Whether you observe Passover according to the strict rules of Jewish law, or you attend one family Seder, or whether your Passover observance is watching The Prince of Egypt, or whatever traditions, practices or customs you find meaningful, the weeks leading up to Passover (April 3-11, 2015) feel like a Jewish March Madness. Between planning Seders, cleaning your house of chametz or mentally preparing yourself for a week of matzah, there’s a lot to get done and it always feels like not enough time. Read more…

Passover in Hebrew, matzah, kiddush cup

Passover Reminds Us: We Too Were Strangers

As we approach the holiday of Passover, I’m starting to think of the commandment in the Haggadah: “in each generation, each person is obligated to see himself or herself [lirot et atzmo] as though he or she personally came forth from Egypt.” The commandment has always stuck with me as a call for empathy with our Jewish ancestors, yet after working on immigration reform for the past year, I see the commandment as a way of forming a connection to our immigrant history. For what is “coming forth from Egypt” but immigrating to another land? Read more…

Chinese dragon for New Years

Moments of Shared Celebration

Today is Rosh Chodesh Adar (chodesh tov!) and Chinese New Year (xin nian kuai le!). We should never lose sight of our responsibilities to and our place in the global community, but when these celebratory days coincide, we are reminded even more of how important it is to find opportunities for dialogue and connection. Two RAC staffers reflect on Chinese-Jewish relations, and how meaningful this relationship is. Read more…

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