Jewish groups speak up on behalf of ‘Dreamers’

A diverse array of Jewish organizations rallied in support of Dreamers earlier this week after the White House announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Since its establishment in 2012, DACA has granted temporary, renewable legal status to over 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents as children. With this action, the onus is now on Congress to provide a legislative fix within six months.

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, co-sponsored by Illinois Sen. Dirk Durbin and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, offers one such legislative solution by allowing current DACA recipients and others who may be DACA-eligible to remain in the country while also providing a pathway to citizenship.

"We urge our elected officials from both sides of the aisle to act quickly to make permanent the protections included under DACA," said David T. Brown, chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council. "As Jews, we are deeply attuned to those who have come to these shores as 'strangers' as we ourselves have done. It is our moral obligation to ensure America continues be the welcoming beacon for both refugees fleeing persecution and immigrants in search of a better life."    

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