NCJW Applauds President’s Action on Immigration
November 21, 2014, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) welcomed President Obama’s executive action to prioritize enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and alleviate fear of deportation for millions. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“NCJW has long supported comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and we applaud the action announced by President Obama that brings that goal closer. Last night, the president made good on his promise to address our nation’s broken immigration system.
“The president’s action, titled Immigration Accountability, will help secure the border, allow nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants with family ties to the US to stay here without fear of deportation, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Perhaps most importantly, the president’s action will prevent hardworking immigrants – some of whom have been in this country for decades – from being needlessly torn from their homes, jobs, communities, and families. The country as a whole, from our schools and neighborhoods to our economy and global standing, will benefit from his leadership in this issue.
“Though the president’s executive action could have been more inclusive, it provides relief to millions of immigrants and their families and injects new momentum into the process of achieving comprehensive immigration reform. However, the president’s action does not include helping immigrants fleeing violence who come to the US seeking refuge, who will continue to be needlessly detained or returned to persecution in their countries of origin. Further, NCJW believes immigrants who have lived and worked in the US for any period of time should be able to apply for deportation relief, and all family members, including those beyond traditional definitions such as LGBT families, should be eligible for such relief.
“Over a year ago, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform. Yet, House leaders have refused to act on either the Senate’s bill or a comprehensive immigration reform bill of their own. The president’s efforts to address our broken immigration system does not replace the desperate need for congressional action, which is still required for a permanent solution to our immigration crisis. NCJW hopes that Congress follows the president’s lead and that the two branches will work together to ensure that the measures in the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill (S. 744) become a reality.”
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