NCJW Welcomes New Immigration Proposals

January 29, 2013 Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed the new proposals by the President and by a bipartisan group of senators to reform our immigration laws.  NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The immigration reform proposals by President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators could break the logjam of inaction on the fate of 11 million US residents who lack the documents necessary to live and work legally in the US. NCJW has worked for decades to ensure that immigration laws are fair and just, and the new impetus to address what has become a cruel and intolerable situation is long overdue.

“President Obama’s proposals move us further toward the kinds of changes we need. In his speech, the President underscored the importance of shielding all workers in the US from corrupt employment practices by bringing them out of the existing ‘shadow economy,’ and advancing the prospects of young people brought to this country illegally in childhood. His plan would facilitate family reunification, including same-sex families on an equal basis — a welcome and much-needed reform. In addition, it would provide for visas and other protections for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence. Most importantly, the President’s plan creates a path to citizenship.”

“Much of what the Senate group proposes is also admirable although there are troubling aspects that we hope will be addressed during the legislative process. NCJW is heartened by the new found energy to pass comprehensive immigration reform after years of inaction.

“NCJW will continue to work for immigration reform that ends the second class status of immigrants without papers and ensures that a viable path to citizenship is finally at hand. We look forward to working with the White House and those in Congress who share this goal.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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