National Council of Jewish Women
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Washington, DC 20036-4206
Contact: Amanda Lang
Director of Marketing and Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today called on President Trump and Congress to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed nearly 800,000 children brought to the US by their parents to remain in the country without the threat of deportation. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The nearly 800,000 children brought to the US as children are now as American as anyone born here. Known as Dreamers, they are fully integrated into American life, and many are now paying taxes and contributing to our economy as they build their futures here. Apart from the immorality of expulsion, support for the Dreamers does not require political heroism. Nearly 8 in 10 voters support allowing the Dreamers to remain permanently in the country, including almost three-quarters of Trump voters, and only 14 percent believe they should be forced out. As Jews committed to welcoming the stranger, we call on the president to do the same.
“Despite public sentiment, 10 states have threatened President Trump with a lawsuit if he does not act to throw these children and young people out of the country by September 5. The president must resist this legal bullying to do the wrong thing. Instead he must honor the promise already made by the federal government and ensure that the Dreamers continue to enjoy a reprieve from deportation.
“Congress must also play its role by enacting comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, a task it has been unable to accomplish for more than a decade. At the very least our senators and representatives should protect these young immigrants by passing the Dream Act to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers.”
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. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.