AJC Supports Bipartisan Immigration Reform

AJC Supports Bipartisan Immigration Reform

May 12, 2005

May 12, 2005 -  New York – The American Jewish Committee today applauded the introduction of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in both chambers of Congress. The proposed bipartisan legislation would replace the current disorganized and chaotic system with one that regulates immigration in a safe, orderly and legal manner.

"The legislation would increase our national security through enhanced border security and effective enforcement, while at the same time protecting those who are most vulnerable in our society through earned legalization and increased worker protections," said Jeffrey Sinensky, AJC's general counsel. "The legislation also contains provisions to encourage cross-border cooperation for enforcement and reintegration of those who return to their countries of origin."

Since its founding in 1906, AJC has been a strong voice in support of immigration, actively participating in many of the major immigration debates of our time.

"AJC has long been committed to fair and generous immigration policies as fundamentally good for the United States and consistent with Jewish values," Sinensky said. “At the same time, AJC is more aware than ever of the need to increase the security of our nation’s borders and to better incorporate newcomers into American society and culture.

"We believe that the proposed legislation strikes an appropriate balance between these concerns and strongly urge members of Congress to take a close look at the legislation, as AJC intends to do in coming weeks," he said.

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