On Tuesday, June 11, President Obama gave a speech from the White House about the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, S. 744, declaring that “if you’re serious about really fixing the system, then this is the vehicle to do it.” In the afternoon, the Senate voted in favor of beginning substantive deliberations on the bill. We will likely see dozens of amendments filed from both sides of the aisle as debate moves forward over the next few weeks. It is critical that the Pennsylvania Jewish community lend it voice in support of S. 744 and urge our senators to support this bipartisan legislation.
Please take the opportunity to sign this letter to Senators Casey and Toomey urging them to vote in favor of S. 744 and comprehensive immigration reform. Members of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Coalition on Immigration will be delivering this letter to both senators on June 24. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill that week. We are asking Jewish organizations and rabbis in Pennsylvania to sign this letter to make it clear to Senators Casey and Toomey that the Pennsylvania Jewish community stands firmly behind the legislation. The due date for signatures is Friday, June 21.
To learn more about pending legislation, please see the new JCPA/HIAS Immigration Nation briefing paper. Click here for the Immigration Nation briefing paper. This paper was designed to both provide background on the immigration bill and serve as an advocacy “leave-behind” for Congressional meetings. We hope you find it useful and that you will share it widely through social media and other channels.
As the debate on immigration continues, the Jewish community will play an important part in supporting immigration and immigration rights, as we have for many years.