AJC Applauds President Obama for his Speech on Immigration Policy

July 1, 2010 - Washington, DC - AJC applauds President Obama for his immigration policy speech at American University today. During the speech, President Obama called for an overhaul of our broken immigration system through bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. He also spoke about America’s long tradition of welcoming immigrants, and called on this generation to do the same. Further, he recognized the Jewish communities’ rich personal history of immigration to the United States. In his speech today, the President highlighted the story of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, a little more than a century ago, and the many Americans who welcomed them to our shores.

From its founding in 1906, AJC has been a strong voice in support of fair and generous treatment of immigrants, participating actively in many of the major immigration debates of our time. AJC continues to reaffirm its commitment to fair and generous immigration policies, as fundamentally good for the United States and consistent with Jewish values.

AJC calls upon our elected officials to enact legislation that includes the following: An opportunity for hard-working immigrants who are already contributing to this country to come out of the shadows, regularize their status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria and, over time, pursue an option to become lawful permanent residents and eventually United States citizens; reforms in our family-based immigration system to significantly reduce waiting times for separated families who currently wait many years to be reunited; the creation of legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to migrate to the U.S. to enter our country and work in a safe, legal, and orderly manner with their rights fully protected; and border protection policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect, while allowing the authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry of terrorists and dangerous criminals, thereby bolstering our national security as well as pursuing the legitimate task of implementing American immigration policy.

For more information on AJC’s positions on immigration legislation, please contact Richard Foltin, Director of National and Legislative Affairs, at foltinr@ajc.org, or Chelsea Hanson, Immigration Policy and Advocacy Specialist, at hansonc@ajc.org or (202) 785-5480.
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