JCPA’s Tammy Gilden spoke at an historic Latino-Jewish press conference on Capitol Hill with 140 Dreamers, joined by organized the Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Hispanic Federation, as well as the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
“We believe it is our moral imperative to ensure that Dreamers can continue to live, work, and study in the United States, the only country—the only home—many of them know. The fate of over 800,000 immigrant youth should not be used as a bargaining chip,” Tammy Gilden, JCPA’s Senior Policy Associate said. “Every day that Congress delays action, an additional 122 Dreamers lose their status and risk deportation and detention. That is why we are calling on members of Congress and the President to support the immediate passage of a clean Dream Act.”
The Dream Act is a bipartisan bill that would grant permanent residence status and provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers who graduate from U.S. high schools and attend college, enter the workforce, or enlist in the military. Dreamers are undocumented immigrant youth brought to the United States as young children. Permanently ending protections would inflict needless suffering, separate families, and may cost the economy billions over the next decade.
Twenty-five national organizations, including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and HIAS, signed the letter. The full text of the letter is available here. The letter was signed by the following national organizations:
- American Jewish Committee (AJC)
- American Jewish World Service
- Anti-Defamation League
- B’nai B’rith International
- Bend the Arc Jewish Action
- Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Habonim Dror North America
- Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
- Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
- Jewish Labor Committee
- Jewish Women International
- National Association of Jewish Legislators
- National Council of Jewish Women
- Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
- New Israel Fund
- Rabbinical Assembly
- Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA)
- Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities