Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the largest immigration raid in US history at AgriProcessors, a kosher meat packing plant. Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and Jewish Community Action participated in an Interfaith Walk for Justice, to remember those arrested, reconcile with those who contributed to the injustices, and advocate for immigration reform. In addition, Jews from across the country have been amping up efforts to support immigration reform.
Five years ago this week the largest single-site immigration raid in the US to date occurred in Postville, Iowa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided Agriprocessors, the main processor of kosher meat in the United States, handcuffed some 300 immigrants and bussed them to a fairground.
As Congress debates the immigration bill, now is the time for the Jewish community to join with millions of people across the country to support immigration reform.
Our immigration laws tear apart families and keep millions of people living in fear for far too long. Now is the time for Congress and President Obama to create a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million new Americans and ensure that immigrant families are treated with fairness and dignity. For me as a Jewish American, this is a moral, religious and communal issue.
Check out the attachment below for talking points on immigration reform for Jewish advocates.
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the markup of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill, S.744. We expect the amendments to be filed on Tuesday (May 7th) and then the committee will begin to consider the amendments on Thursday (May 9th) with additional markups on May 14th, 16th, and 20th-24th. We will need all hands on deck to urge legislators to either support or oppose amendments.
As Jewish organizations begin to read through the proposed Gang of 8 legislation, they are releasing statements that are mostly supportive of what the proposed legislation has to offer, though it isn't all positive. We will update this as we receive more statements.
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable invites you to a training, led by JOIN for Justice, NCJW and JCPA, to help prepare Jewish communities to meet with your members of Congress about immigration reform during the Memorial Day recess - May 27-31.