AJC Holds Session on "Truth or Fiction? Revealing the Reality of Immigration Today"

AJC Holds Session on "Truth or Fiction? Revealing the Reality of Immigration Today"

On October 29, 2011, the National and Legislative Affairs Department (NLAD), in cooperation with the Belfer Center for American Pluralism, organized a program on "Truth or Fiction? Revealing the Reality of Immigration Today," held at AJC's Board of Governors Institute in Chicago.

The session, with National Policy Commission (NPC) Chair Carol Gown presiding, began with a video presentation on "Immigration: A Jewish Issue," followed by reflections of AJC leaders on their family's immigration experiences.

The centerpiece of the program was a panel discussion on "Today's Immigration Experience-Bad for Immigrants and Bad for the U.S.A.", featuring Renya Wences, a DREAM-Act eligible student; Tony Wasilewski, a Polish-American U.S. citizen who fought to reunite his family following deportation of his wife and son to Poland; Ian Wagreich, an attorney whose practice focuses on business-related immigration law; and Mark Curran, Sheriff of Lake County, IL, who has become a strong advocate for immigration reform. Robert Weinberger, NPC Vice-Chair, moderated the panel. The session concluded with a wrap-up by NLAD Director Richard Foltin, who reminded Institute participants that, whatever the challenges in moving immigration reform forward, we are "not free to desist."

From its founding in 1906, AJC has been a strong voice in support of fair and generous treatment of immigrants. In advocating for these policies, AJC acts in accord with the American Jewish community's longstanding interest in, and commitment to, a United States immigration system that represents our nation's best traditions.

Date: 11/9/2011 12:00:00 AM
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