Category Archive for: Immigrants and Refugees

Refugee Crisis in Syria

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

Guided by our own history as refugees as well as our shared biblical and prophetic mandate to protect and welcome the stranger, the American Jewish community has always been a stakeholder in refugee resettlement and protection, both in the U.S. and in other countries— offering new beginnings, including helping to welcome more than three million…



Immigration Enforcement

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  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The United States is a nation of immigrants. While immigration laws are necessary, they should be respectful of human rights and never become a tool for hate and discrimination.  The U.S. Constitution and numerous acts of Congress provide the federal government with preeminent authority over immigration. Immigration policy has been the exclusive purview of the…



Birthright Citizenship

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  • Posted on February 28, 2010

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirmed the concept of birthright citizenship, i.e., determining a person’s citizenship by place of birth.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they…



Haiti and Temporary Protected Status

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  • Posted on February 28, 2010

In January, portions of the island nation of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, were devastated by a massive earthquake, resulting in the loss as many as 300,000 lives, and possibly more.   Many nations quickly reacted to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti.   As Americans, we applaud the tremendous efforts commenced by…



Immigration Reform

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  Comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system is long overdue.  The current morass of illegality, human suffering, and violence must be ended.   In 2004, the JCPA adopted a resolution in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  Since that time, the lack of federal movement has caused state governments, local municipalities, and individual citizens…



Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

In 2004, the JCPA plenum adopted a comprehensive resolution “Advocacy for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries” that expressed support for the initiative “Justice for Jews from Arab Countries” (JJAC).[1] The goals of this initiative are to emphasize the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab states, to reestablish historical context, and seek reparations to help bring…



Political Asylum Protection for Victims of Gender Violence and Other Forms of Persecution

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

  During many periods of our history, the American Jewish community has benefited greatly from the United States’ refugee protection policies.  Millions of Jews have found safe haven in this country – including individuals displaced following the Holocaust and refugees from the former Soviet Union and other parts of the world.  This positive experience has…



Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

  Migration has been a central element of the Jewish experience since biblical times when famine forced the Jewish people to flee Canaan and resettle in Egypt.  This experience has been mirrored in American-Jewish life with the immigration of Jews to the United States in search of religious freedom and economic opportunity.  As a reflection…