WASHINGTON, DC- National Jewish Democratic Council Chair Marc R. Stanley and President & CEO David A. Harris issued the following statement in response to the President’s announcement that the Obama Administration will implement new policies to remove the threat of deportation from those who were brought to the United States as children:
“On behalf of the National Jewish Democratic Council, I want to express our strong support for President Obama’s crucial effort to help reform America’s immigration system. These new measures will remove the threat of deportation from those who were too young to have any say over their legal status, and this effort represents a fair and just policy for those who have known deep uncertainty and fear throughout their lives. The beneficiaries of this decision have worked hard to find a place in the country that they call home. Many of these young people have even risked their lives as members of the armed forces; these young people deserve the opportunity to reach for the American dream without it being denied.
“American Jews—as descendants of immigrants, if not immigrants ourselves—understand profoundly what it means to have a shot at success in America. The provisions announced by the President today provide that opportunity. Once again, President Obama has implemented a policy that reflects the values of the vast majority of American Jews—and indeed most Americans—and we thank him for his bold leadership.”