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June 27, 2013

Senate Passes Immigration Reform, Now the House Must Act

Listed in: Other Domestic Policy, NJDC News, Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) applauded the Senate’s passage of immigration reform.

“The Senate has taken a huge step toward reforming our immigration system and creating a more just America,” said NJDC Chair Marc R. Stanley. “Now it is up to the House of Representatives to take immediate action on this important issue. Inaction by Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and the rest of the GOP leadership will only continue to prove that the Republican Party is tone deaf to the will of the American people—especially when it comes to Jewish Americans and our partners in the Jewish community who worked tirelessly to get this bill passed.”

The Jewish community strongly supports immigration reform. According to a recent survey, 70% of American Jews believe that welcoming the stranger and pursuing justice are important political values. Further, a strong majority of Americans are in support of proposals that allow undocumented workers to achieve legal status, increase border security and enforcement, and increase visas for technology and science.

Stanley recently authored an op-ed in The Huffington Post on how the current immigration reform proposal reflects Jewish values. Click here to read it.