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NCJW Condemns Court’s Decision to Partially End DACA

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NCJW Condemns Court’s Decision to Partially End DACA

July 19, 2021, Washington, DC – National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) condemns the ruling on July 16 partially ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. NCJW Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:

“Friday’s decision to partially end DACA is a cruel attack on immigrant youth and their families. Judge Hanen of the Southern District of Texas ruled that no new DACA applications can be granted, though current DACA recipients can still apply for renewals.

“For many DACA recipients, the United States is the only home they have ever known. They own houses and businesses, attend school, worship in our congregations, and are vital to the economic strength of our nation. This ruling is further evidence that temporary protections leave people vulnerable. The only thing that can protect DACA recipients and other temporarily protected immigrants — other immigrant youth, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, farmworkers, and essential workers — is a pathway to citizenship.

“The Torah teaches us to welcome the stranger, for once we were strangers in the land of Egypt. Securing permanent protections for undocumented immigrants is not simply an issue of politics, but one of morality. NCJW will not stop working for immigrant youth, and we urge Congress to pass a recovery package that includes a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and other immigrants.”

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